Catch all the latest Greater Des Moines news and events happening in the city! The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Des Moines Area Sports Commission are the heart. The Soul. The energy of our destination. An organization involved in enhancing the quality of life in each of our communities. Catch Des Moines is an accredited Destination Marketing Association International member.

Mission Statement

The Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Des Moines Area Sports Commission market the region as a visitor destination increasing economic growth and enhancing the visitor experience.

2017-2018 ANNUAL MARKETING PLAN (click to view)

2016-2017 YEAR IN REVIEW (click to view)

2014-2017 STRATEGIC PRIORITIES (click to view)  


Des Moines Spotlight

Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau
Executive Committee 

Tom Mahoney, Chair
ITA Group

Angela Connolly, Vice Chair
Polk County Supervisor

Bob Andeweg, Past Chair & Treasurer
Mayor, City of Urbandale

Marty Martin
Drake University                                          

Gary Slater
Iowa State Fair

Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau
Board Members

Tom Armstrong, Mayor, City of Grimes
Jay Byers, Greater Des Moines Partnership
Jeff Chelesvig, Des Moines Performing Arts
Jake Christensen, Christensen Development
Chris Coleman, Councilperson, City of Des Moines
Chris Connolly, Iowa Events Center
Chris Diebel, LPCA Public Strategies
Paula Dierenfeld, Mayor, City of Johnston
Matt Felling, Hilton Des Moines Downtown
Kerry Gumm, Principal Financial Group
Jennifer Keeler, Councilperson, City of Bondurant
Eric Klein, Councilperson, City of Clive
Sara Kurovski, Mayor, City of Pleasant Hill
Gary Lorenz, Mayor, City of Ankeny
Rick Messerschmidt, Councilperson,
City of West Des Moines
Patrick Miller, Des Moines Marriott Downtown
Jason Morse, Mayor, City of Polk City
Dean O’Connor, Councilperson, City of Altoona
John Parker, Jr., Councilperson, City of Indianola
Jay Pattee, Mayor, City of Perry
Clay Willey, Prairie Meadows Casino Racetrack & Hotel
Diana Willits, Mayor, City of Windsor Heights

DMAP Accredited logo

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau was awarded with the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) seal by Destinations International in recognition of the organization's commitment to industry excellence and meeting the industry standard for performance and accountability of destination organizations around the world.

The accreditation program requires a destination organization to successfully comply with a multitude of mandatory and voluntary standards that span a variety of performance areas to gain this momentous achievement. The standards cover nearly all aspects related to the management and marketing of destination organizations including governance, finance, human resources, sales, communications, destination development and research. The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau joins the ranks of over 200 destination organizations who have obtained DMAP recognition.


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