Today the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau launches its largest summer marketing campaign to-date, partnering with fourteen local organizations to bring visitors to Greater Des Moines.


The campaign includes TV, cable, radio, digital billboard and online advertising in four markets across Iowa and surrounding states, timing as follows:

Omaha/Council Bluffs: April - May

Central Iowa: June - July

Southern Minnesota: June - July

Eastern Iowa: July - August


The TV, cable and radio spots feature music by local band, the River Monks. The campaign is made possible by the support of the following advertising partners:

  • Prairie Meadows
  • Homemakers
  • Adventureland Park
  • Iowa Speedway
  • Iowa State Fair
  • Des Moines Performing Arts
  • Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
  • Jordan Creek Town Center
  • Blank Park Zoo
  • Des Moines Art Center
  • Valley West Mall
  • National Balloon Classic
  • Des Moines Arts Festival
  • 80/35 Music Festival 

With the strong support of the summer campaign, an additional arts and culture campaign will be announced soon.


The 2013 summer campaign contributed to a three-year high in hotel occupancy during the peak summer travel months in Greater Des Moines. Additionally, more than 90,000 inquires were gained year-over-year in comparison to the 2012 campaign.


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