Entries Tagged as 'Tourism & Hospitality'

Requests for visitor guides roll in

About 20,000 people pedaled into the Port of Dubuque to end RAGBRAI, and many of them are thinking about coming back for a less strenuous visit. Keith Rahe, director of the Dubuque Convention and Visitors Bureau, told the Dubuque City Council Monday night that 2,500 more visitor guides were requested from June through September 2010 than during the same period in 2009. Read the full article at:

The Dubuque Area Named Winner of Six Tourism Awards and Statistics Released Show Tourism Expenditure Growth in Dubuque County

The Dubuque Area received six awards today at the Iowa Tourism Conference, October 21 in Burlington, Iowa. Of the 21 awards presented for throughout the state, the Dubuque area was proudly awarded:

The Dubuque Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • 2010 Tourism Community of the Year Award (population more than 10,000).
  • 2010 Tourism Consumer Publication of the Year (population more than 10,000) for the Visitors Guide.
  • 2010 Tourism Website of the Year for www.traveldubuque.com.

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

  • 2010 Green/Sustainable Award

"These organizations and individuals are incredible ambassadors for Iowa's tourism industry," said Iowa Tourism Office Manager Shawna Lode. "It is great to see them receive acknowledgement for their efforts."

The annual three-day conference, sponsored by the Iowa Tourism Office and Travel Federation of Iowa, brings together more than 200 industry representatives from across the state to network, attend educational sessions and discuss emerging industry trends.

Today, the 2009 Economic Impact of Travel on Iowa Counties Report was also released.It is a study prepared for the Iowa Department of Economic Development’s Iowa Tourism Office by the Research Department of the U.S. Travel Association in Washington, D.C.“This report is a key barometer for us. We are delighted that annual tourism expenditures continue to rise. It is a key statistic that is validation of the tremendous efforts of the Dubuque area to welcome tourists.” stated Kelley Schiesl, Vice President of Marketing at the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. In 2008, expenditures of $253.66 million were spent in tourism in Dubuque County. In 2009, the expenditures increased to $254.03 million.

Tourism is a $6.1 billion industry in Iowa, employing more than 63,000 people statewide and generating more than $312 million in state taxes. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Department of Economic Development. For more information about Iowa tourism, visit www.traveliowa.com or call 800.345.IOWA.

Dubuque Named Winner of Four Tourism Awards

The Dubuque Area has received four awards at the Iowa Tourism Conference.

Mission Creative wins National ADDY® Award

Mission Creative is proud to be the recipient of a Silver National ADDY® award for design and development of beer labels for the Potosi Brewery Company, located in Potosi, Wisconsin.

The ADDY® Awards are the largest and arguably toughest advertising competition in the world with over 60,000 entries annually. The ADDY® Awards represent the true spirit of creative excellence by recognizing all forms of advertising from a variety of medias, creative of all shapes and sizes, and multiple levels of entrants throughout the world.

"We are proud to accept this award on behalf of our client, the Potosi Brewery Company, and the National Breweriana Museum," stated Tom Culbertson, Creative Director for Mission Creative. "The Potosi project was an opportunity to be a part of bringing an important part of history back to the region."