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
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.
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-
"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