Conference Details

2017 UMCVB Fall Conference

Join us for the 20th Annual Upper Midwest Convention and Visitors Bureaus Fall Conference.  Attendees for this conference come from Convention and Visitors Bureaus, Chambers of Commerce and Tourism Departments from a seven state region that includes Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  You’ll learn new skills and industry trends through the dynamic educational sessions.  You’ll also enjoy abundant networking opportunities with your colleagues throughout the Upper Midwest.

Registration is now openclick here to view! 

Click the conference agenda to view the current schedule for the 2017 UMCVB Conference.

September 10-12, 2017

Dubuque, IA

Grand River Center
500 Bell Street, Dubuque, IA

Hotel Accommodations

Lodging is available at the Grand Harbor Resort & Water Park, 350 Bell Street, Dubuque, IA.  Room rates are $99/night for conference attendees.  Please call 866-690-4006 to reserve your room.

UPDATE – Grand Harbor Resort & Water Park is full.  Room blocks have been made at both Hotel Julien and Holiday Inn Dubuque/Galena.  Room rates are $99/night at the Hotel Julien; please call 1-800-798-7098 to reserve your room under the UMCVB room block.  Room rates are $104/night at Holiday Inn Dubuque/Galena; please call 563-556-2000 to reserve your room under the UMCVB Conference room block.


Host City

Dubuque, IA hosted the very first UMCVB Fall Conference 20 years ago, and they’re thrilled to be welcoming tourism professionals to the conference once again in 2017.

Named the 4th Best American Riverfront by USA Today’s, Dubuque’s location along the Mississippi River is one you don’t want to miss. Jump aboard an authentic paddle wheeler. Surf the waves by renting a stand up paddleboard. Discover the critters who call the river home and so much more.


Whether it’s by air, train, bus or car, traveling to Dubuque is easy from afar! Click the UMCVB 2017 Travel Sheet to view a list of your most convenient transportation options!






Exhibitors/Sponsorship Opportunities

Gain valuable exposure for you and your company with an excellent opportunity to network with CVB and tourism professionals from a seven state region! Download the 2017 UMCVB Exhibitor-Sponsorship Packet or contact Erin Bowers today at 515-309-3315 or for complete sponsorship details. 

Bruce McDaniel Industry Awards

Does someone you know in your field deserve recognition? Then you’ll want to honor this person by nominating them for the Bruce Riley McDaniel Individual Professionalism & Lifetime Achievement Award. Click here to download this year’s nomination form.
Has your Bureau done something worth bragging about? Nominate your organization for the Bruce Riley McDaniel Bureau Innovation Award. Click here to download this year’s nomination form.
For a list of past award recipients, click here.

Cole Carley Scholarship Program

This scholarship program, in honor of Cole Carley, is designed to help fund the registration costs for one person to attend the annual UMCVB Fall Conference. The program consists of one free registration to the conference plus up to $500 in reimbursable travel expenses. To access the Cole Carley Scholarship application, click here.  For a list of past scholarship recipients, click here.