Greater Des Moines Sports Planner Toolkit

Our destination experts connect you to success! Catch event templates. Plan your event with our facility search tool. Planner's Guide. And our welcome materials. Promote your event with our visitor materials. Our sales team will make it easy for you. So your attendees can catch more. Contact us for more information.


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October 2013

"I appreciate the services you offer to people like me who are responsible for getting things together for the group. I needed bus companies and you provided me a list. I needed a list of mansions, and you had that list for me. I will be using you more and more for those services you provide. Thank you."

Ms. Chris Brinkopf, Professional Photographers of Iowa


September 2013

"The staff at the Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau has continuously offered excellent services to support our annual event in Downtown Des Moines. We will continue to work with them on our events for years to come." 

Ms. Jessica Reinert, American Institute of Architects


August 2013

"The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau staff was invaluable in their knowledge of what to do, where to stay, and who to contact. My job as event coordinator was made much easier by the expertise they have in these areas. This daunting job was more manageable and less stressful with their help." 

Marsha Hash, Classic Thunderbird Club International 


July 2013

"The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau has undeniably been the best resource we have ever used to facilitate our conventions. You make us look so good. Our speakers and visitors are always overboard with compliments regarding the facilities, the public relations, and the 'class' that Des Moines presents. Thanks for going over and beyond to make our convention a great success." 

Pastor Duane Bolinger, United Pentecostal Church International


July 2013

“Des Moines was selected by our state affiliate, the Iowa County Engineers Association. Their members beamed with warm home-town hospitality as many are native Iowans. Des Moines is much more affordable, “cozy” and easily traversed than major cities such as Chicago or Minneapolis.  There are no traffic jams to disrupt the flow of our meetings and tours!  The CVB staff went above and beyond to accommodate ICEA and NACE in our planning. They attended all of the meetings from the beginning 3 years ago. I’ve never had a CVB do that—ever. The staff from all our vendors were knowledgeable and eager to please.  Having never been to Iowa, I was amazed with the diversity of entertainment and activities venues, restaurants and shopping in Des Moines. Des Moines exceeded not just my expectations, but those of all our members. Kudos to everyone involved!” 

Rebecca Page, National Association of County Engineers  


December 2012

"The Greater Des Moines CVB always goes above and beyond to do ANYTHING possible to make our event a success every year!"

Mr. Rick Peters, Iowa State Pigeon Association  


September 2012

"The GDMCVB was courteous, professional, accessible and accommodating for the event. Their efforts went above and beyond and ultimately contributed to the event's success. From the organizer's perspective, they helped make it easy.


Todd Coffelt, National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs 


August 2012

"The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau is the best place I know to find the answers you need to know to provide a very special event."

Jo Saffell, Single Square Dancers USA (SSDUSA) 


July 2012

"Des Moines was a perfect location for us. Its central location made it easy for people from all over the country to get here. Everyone enjoyed the amenities we had to offer, the Arts Festival was a big hit. We heard numerous comments about the beauty, safety and friendliness of our city. People were very pleasantly surprised by all that Des Moines and Iowa had to offer. Our convention turned out great, thanks to all the help from the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. We couldn't have done it without them."

Ms. Susan Pinneke, American Volkssport Association  


July 2012

"Des Moines is a fabulous place to hold an event - from indulgent hotels and meeting venues, to great shopping, to fine dining - they have it all!"

Ms. Susann George, United Pentecostal Church, International 


QUESTIONS? Contact Katie Fencl:

Katie Fencl

CSEE Director of Conventions Sports and Services