Small Market Meetings

JAN 2017

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N e w H i l t o n C o n v e n t i o n H o t e l D e s M o i n e s , I o w a www.smallmarketmeetings.com 24 Heartland Meeting Guide Courtesy Grand Event Center The new Grand Event Center near Columbus is well suited for small meetings and meals. Other spaces include a 1,670-square-foot meeting room that can be configured as two or three smaller rooms and 2,000 square feet of prefunction space. The center's executive chef offers seasonal menus that focus on local ingredients from local vendors, or events can customize their own catering menu. www.thegrandeventscenter.com New Hilton Convention Hotel Des Moines, Iowa Downtown Des Moines, Iowa, has no shortage of guest rooms near the Iowa Events Center, but the city has never had a hotel that connects to its convention complex, and that has kept some planners from book- ing it. "We've really had a great response, especially from national and regional planners who we've worked with in the past and tried to lure here who told us they wouldn't consider Des Moines until we have a connect- ing convention center hotel," said Greg Edwards, presi- dent and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. That's why the new 330-room Hilton hotel will be a game changer for the market when it opens in spring 2018 and connects directly to the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, which has 21 meeting rooms and a 28,800-square-foot ballroom. Guests of the new hotel will also have access to Hy-Vee Hall's three exhibit halls, which can be combined for a total

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