About UMCVB

About the UMCVB Fall Conference

Founded in 1997 by tourism titans Bill Geist, Cole Carley and Bruce McDaniel, the Upper Midwest CVB Fall Conference aims to provide professional education and networking opportunities for tourism professionals tirelessly working to promote destinations located in the great states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Missouri (new in 2019).

Past host cities of the UMCVB Fall Conference have included the following:

  • Dubuque, IA (1997)
  • Cedar Rapids, IA (1998)
  • Eau Claire, WI (1999)
  • Peoria, IL (2000)
  • Rochester, MN (2001)
  • Rapid City, SD (2002)
  • Des Moines, IA (2003)
  • La Crosse, WI (2004)
  • Fargo, ND (2005)
  • Rockford, IL (2006)
  • South Sioux City, NE (2007)
  • St. Cloud, MN (2008)
  • Sioux Falls, SD (2009)
  • Davenport, IA (2010)
  • Brookfield, WI (2011)
  • Minot, ND (2012)
  • Alsip, IL (2013)
  • Lincoln, NE (2014)
  • St. Louis Park, MN (2015)
  • Rapid City, SD (2016)
  • Dubuque, IA (2017)
  • Lake Geneva, WI (2018)
  • Fargo, ND (2019)
  • Des Moines, IA (2021)

This year’s conference will be held in:

  • Champaign, IL (2022)

Do you want to host a future conference?

The UMCVB Board is now accepting bids to host the 2023 Fall Conference. The 26th Annual UMCVB Fall Conference will be taking place in our Western region which includes the states of North Dakota, South, Dakota, and Nebraska. Download the RFP here.

Central states of Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri will be eligible to bid for the 2024 UMCVB Fall Conference. RFP will be available following the 2022 conference.

Eastern states of Wisconsin and Illinois will be eligible to bid for the 2025 UMCVB Fall Conference.