The findings show dollars go further in Iowa’s capital city. Des Moines’ cost effective hotel rates and restaurants contributed to the top-in-the-country ranking, proving locals and visitors can “Do More in Des Moines” for less. The city’s central location at the intersection of Interstates 80 and 35 also contribute to ease of travel and affordability.
“We’ve found last year’s top ranking earned our sales team more leads and recognition in a competitive marketplace,” said Greg Edwards, President and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The news of Des Moines being the best place to save tradeshow planners and attendees money continues to be great news for all of us. We anticipate this award will continue to lure in more calls and more bookings, meaning more money will flow into our local economy.”
Greater Des Moines’ facilities, including the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Wells Fargo Arena, Hy-Vee Hall, Veterans Memorial Auditorium and Polk County Convention Complex hold hundreds of tradeshows and events each year. Advantages such as a 4-mile skywalk system throughout Downtown Des Moines and the Des Moines International Airport help Greater Des Moines stand out from other similarly-sized cities.
The ranking was determined by the Tradeshow Week editorial staff with data collected from the federal government’s 2009 Domestic Per Diem Rates for meals and incidentals, Smith Travel Research’s survey of domestic hotel rates and Tradeshow Week’s 2009 Survey of U.S. and Canadian Labor Rates. A story outlining details of the news is available at http://www.tradeshowweek.com/article/CA6687178.html?industryid=49070.
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