2018 Annual CenStates Conference
Des Moines, Iowa
September 19 – 21, 2018
The CenStates TTRA 2018 Annual Conference has an exciting lineup this year, taking us to beautiful downtown Des Moines, IA. Our Platinum Sponsor, Meredith, will be hosting the opening reception in their headquarters located right in downtown Des Moines. Don’t miss an exclusive once in a lifetime opportunity to tour the Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchens and Test Garden during the opening reception!
The remainder of the conference also won’t disappoint. As always we’ll feature some local developments for our Walk The Talk Session. With riverfront trails, the newly developed East Village and Biking Trails around the city, there will be no limit to the amount of information we can learn about the research, planning, and development of tourism assets in the area.
Please find conference details HERE.
Reprinted with permission from Better Homes & Gardens magazine. Copyright Meredith Corporation 2018. All rights reserved. From the March 2018 issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine.
CenStates works hard to keep the registration rates low so all sizes of organizations may attend.
Advance discounts are available on registrations through August 20 and begin at $295 for TTRA members and $325 for nonmembers. There are also one-day and student rates.
The 2018 CenStates conference is your roadmap to navigate the Cycle of Research and provide a deeper understanding for the travel marketer, manager, developer, and researcher. In this ever-changing journey, the CenStates conference provides the venue for engaging discussion, new strategies, inspirational concepts and reliable contacts. This year the affordable CenStates conference is focusing on real-life examples and case studies to showcase trends, tactics, and tools that you can adapt for your own organization.
View the Schedule at a Glance HERE.
Please note that the location for the conference has changed to the Embassy Suites. If you had a reservation at the Renaissance Savery Hotel, your reservation has been transferred to the Embassy Suites and requires no action on your part.
Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown
101 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, IA 50309
The Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown is situated among the trendy eateries and shopping of the Historic East Village and the nightlife of the Court Avenue Entertainment District. The Principal Riverwalk is just steps away and features walking and bike paths that connect to all parts of the city. CenStates attendees may easily walk from the Embassy Suites on the Walk the Talk, Part 2 tour, to the Thursday reception at the Peace Tree Brewery, and to the DineAround restaurants on Thursday evening. The hotel shuttle and vans provided by the Iowa Tourism Office are also available in case of inclement weather and for those who do not wish to walk.
Downtown Des Moines is 4 miles from the Des Moines International Airport. There are daily flights to Des Moines on Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United, with 22 direct flight destinations.
Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Airport to the hotel by calling from the courtesy phone.
Thank you to those partners who have signed on as sponsors of the 2018 Conference.
They are (as of 8/22/18):
Additional sponsorships are still available HERE.