DES MOINES, Iowa (May 31, 2023) – Catch Des Moines wrapped up the month of May, in which National Travel and Tourism Week falls, with six different awards representing three national and state competitions.  Their sports hype video and corresponding commercial spot, “Believe the Hype” won a platinum Hermes award (the highest honor), while their 2023 Visitors Guide took home a gold award. The Hermes Creative Awards are one of the oldest and largest creative competitions in the world, with more than 6,500 entrants and include other winners like Amazon and the NFL.   “Believe the Hype” was also honored with two Telly Awards, with a silver for the :30 spot and a bronze for the full-length video. The Tellys are one of the premier national awards honoring video and television, with other winners including the likes of Netflix, Disney, and National Geographic.   The Catch Des Moines Event Experience team was recognized with a Service Excellence award by iTIP (Iowa Travel Industry Partners), which recognizes an organization that has achieved significant success and growth by providing exceptional customer service. This award will be presented at the iTIP Annual Awards Ceremony in Cedar Falls on June 12.   “We do a lot of our work behind the scenes to make Greater Des Moines look good, so it’s always nice to step out from behind the curtain and have our work recognized, both from a sales and a marketing perspective,” said Catch Des Moines President and CEO Greg Edwards. “To make some noise on a statewide, and even national level, against some big-name competition, helps validate all the hard work we do to shine a spotlight on the region.”   A recap of the awards is as follows: 

  • Hermes Awards 
    • Platinum Award – “Believe the Hype” full video – Electronic Media/Video/Sports
    • Platinum Award – “Believe the Hype” :30 spot – Pro Bono
    • Gold Award – 2023 Visitors Guide – Print Media/Other  
  • Telly Awards
    • Silver Award – “Believe the Hype” :30 spot – Regional TV/Travel & Tourism
    • Bronze Award – “Believe the Hype” full video – Non-Broadcast/Travel & Tourism 
  • iTIP Annual Awards
    • Service Excellence Award – Catch Des Moines Event Experience Team

To view the video spots, click here To view the Visitors guide, click here.


About Catch Des Moines

The Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Des Moines Area Sports Commission, collectively known as Catch Des Moines, is the official destination marketing organization promoting and representing Greater Des Moines to leisure travelers and meeting/sports planners. Our focus is to increase visitors to the metro and elevate the visitor experience to drive economic success and enhance the quality of life in the 14 local Greater Des Moines communities we represent. For more information, visit