Conference Details

2019 UMCVB Fall Conference

Join us for the 22nd Annual Upper Midwest Convention and Visitors Bureaus Fall Conference.  Attendees for this unique 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.  Surrounding states in the Midwest are always welcome to attend as well.  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.

September 8-11, 2019


Holiday Inn Fargo
3803 13th Ave. S., Fargo, ND  58103

Conference Schedule

Sunday, September 8, 2019

  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Pre-Conference Sessions
  • 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Opening Reception at Fargo Welcome Center

Monday, September 9, 2019

  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Conference Sessions
  • 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm Monday Night Reception at Bonanzaville

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

  • 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Conference Sessions
  • 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Discover Downtown Fargo Tours and Dine Around
  • 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Closing Reception at Sanctuary Events Center

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

  • Travel Day

Conference Documents
Download the 2019 UMCVB Agenda.

Download the UMCVB Session Descriptions & Speaker Bios.

Registration Information

Individual Registration is $250

Group Discount will apply again this year.  Register your first attendee at $250, all others from your organization/group will be $145

Register Now

About Fargo-Moorhead, Our Host City

Fargo consists of three cities in two states – so it’s no wonder our reputation is a little off-kilter. In North Dakota, there’s Fargo (naturally) and West Fargo (which has the added distinction of being north and also “west” of normal). On the Minnesota side of the Red River, Moorhead propels our community beyond conventional boundaries. We owe a lot to our northern prairie locale. Our adventurous, pioneering spirit is alive and well. In our people, you’ll find a unique mix of Midwestern gregariousness and quiet strength. Ingenuity, vision and down-to-earth practicality define our distinct prairie soul.


Hotel Accommodations

Lodging will be available at the Holiday Inn Fargo, 3803 13th Ave. S., Fargo, ND.  Room rate is $104 + tax per night.  You may secure lodging when you register for the conference or contact the hotel at 1.877.282.2700 and identify yourself with 2019 Upper Midwest CVB Conference.  Please make your reservations by August 8, 2019Rooms may still be available under the block if you call the hotel and tell them you are with the Upper Midwest CVB Conference.



Whether it’s by air, train, bus or car, traveling to Fargo-Moorhead is easy from afar! Download the transportation guide to begin planning your trip!





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! Contact Erin Bowers today at or call 956.605.2784 for complete sponsorship details.  The Exhibitor/Sponsor packet can be downloaded hereWe are still accepting sponsors!

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.  

Has your Bureau done something worth bragging about? Nominate your organization for the Bruce Riley McDaniel Bureau Innovation Award. For a list of past award recipients, click here.

Bill Geist Award

Does your CVB have an emerging leader? Nominate a young professional that achieves and exemplifies great leadership for the Geist Up & Coming Hospitality Leader Award.  New award opportunity introduced last year to honor long-time leader Bill Geist.  

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.  For a list of past scholarship recipients, click here.