May 8-12, 2017

Discover the hundreds of businesses that make the Dubuque area a thriving destination for travel. Take part in complimentary familiarization tours while seeing the Dubuque area first-hand. Become inspired by workshop sessions focused on marketing strategies, and the importance of customer strategies, and the importance of customer service.

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With over 1.9 million visitors and $329.27 million in economic impact annually, the tourism industry has been recognized as an integral component in the development and continued prosperity of the Dubuque region. The reinvention of Iowa’s first city over the past 15 years has been a catalyst for the evolution of the Dubuque area as a destination for travel. This same evolution has allowed new opportunities, new partnerships, and new growth.

Economic Impact

Tourism impacts the community in many ways, through the number of visitors who come to the area or the dollars that they spend. Each year, we see an increased overall impact that the travel industry has on the community including hotel/motel tax dollars, the number of employees directly related to travel as well as the number of visitors to the area.

Dubuque County Economic Impact

Number of Travelers in FY2016

Community Branding

The CVB strives to place Dubuque in front of key markets, audiences, and opportunities that will continue to grow awareness about our region as a travel destination. Whether that be strategically placing an ad, curating unique content or boosting social media presence, these are all opportunities to tell Dubuque’s unique story.

Top 20 Cities + States Reached from Online Traffic


Based on research, two main audiences have been defined when marketing to the leisure traveler. Meeting & group planners as well as sports & event attendees are also key.


25 -49 Years Old • Female • Middle Class • Family Focused


50+ Years Old • Female • Higher Income • Children Not Present

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