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Check out what's happening in the tourism industry this December.

Dimensional Meetings

Bringing Planners to Dubuque

We are excited to announce that in 2020 we will be working hard to bring meeting and group tour planners to Dubuque on organized familiarization tours of the community. Each month will feature a two day / one night stay for planners to experience our culture, attractions, dining scene, and our hospitality. It has been 4 years since we last hosted a familiarization tour of our community. Past experiences show that when we are able to personally showcase our community to a planner, they are more likely to book business here in the future.


Familiarization tour dates are:

February 5-6, 2020; March 4-5, 2020; April 1-2, 2020; May
6-7, 2020 (Tourism Week); June 3-4, 2020; July 22 -23, 2020; August 5-6, 2020;
September 1-2, 2020; October 7-8, 2020; November 4-5, 2020; December 2-3, 2020.


To get involved and for more information, please contact Julie Kronlage or Whitney Sanger.

Groups at Dubuque Museum of Art

American Bus Association Marketplace

This year’s American Bus Association (ABA)Marketplace will be held in Omaha, NE January 10-14, 2020. The close proximity to Iowa has allowed for so many beneficial opportunities for the Iowa Group Travel Association and Travel Dubuque to help enhance group tour planners knowledge on our great state. The Iowa Group Travel Association will have two full booths at the event this year. Whitney Sanger, Sales Manager for Travel Dubuque, will be at this booth as well as taking appointments at the showcase on behalf of Travel Dubuque. Dubuque is also being featured in the “Hollywood in the Heartland” post familiarization tour being offered through ABA. Group travel continues to prove an important economic impact generator for Dubuque County, and this is just one more way your Travel Dubuque team is staying in front of influential planners.


For more information, please contact Whitney Sanger.

Grand River Center In Dubuque

Meetings Mean Business

Yes, that is right. Meetings Mean Business. The meetings industry in Dubuque was busy this past fall with plenty of conferences large and small, bringing with them travelers who spend time and money in our local community.


The Iowa Downtown Conference brought two hundred and twenty five attendees and generated an estimated $150,000 in economic impact.


The National Red Angus Conference brought two hundred and forty attendees and generated an estimated $105,00 in economic impact.


The Iowa League of Cities brought over 1,000 attendees and an estimated $765,000 in economic impact.


The Iowa Recycling and Solid Waste Management Conference brought over 300 attendees and an estimated $260,000 in economic impact.


The Growing Sustainable Communities Conference brought over 450 attendees and an estimated economic impact of $71,000

Let us help!

If you or anyone in your organization belongs to an association, organization, or club that travels throughout the State of Iowa, the region or the nation for meetings and events, consider bringing them to Dubuque. Travel Dubuque will help in every step of the planning process to ensure a successful event in the community. Reach out to Travel Dubuque to learn more.