eTraveler - October 4, 2023

October 4, 2023

Reminder: Tourism Insider Meeting Registration Open

Registration is now open for the next Tourism Insider Meeting, which will be held October 24-25, 2023, in Mason City and Clear Lake. 
The meeting will start at 10 a.m. and lunch will be provided. It will include discussions about off-season tourism, a Localhood workshop, and tours of the Mason City Arena and Historic Park Inn, along with networking and an open forum. 

The bulk of the meeting will occur from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, but we encourage you to consider spending the night and join us for Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning activities. 

A hotel block is available at the Holiday Inn Express (3041 4th St. SW., Mason City) for the night of Tuesday, October 24. The rate is $132 + tax. Rooms must be reserved by calling the hotel directly at (641) 424-1200. The block is under the name "Travel Iowa." Reservation deadline is October 16. 


Iowa Travel Guide Opportunities and Ad Deadline

Space reservations for the annual Iowa Travel Guide are due November 15. View the media kit for pricing and contact information to secure your space. We will be printing 100,000 copies of the annual guide for distribution in early March. (In 2025, the guide will be released in January.) 

Now is the time to make sure your events are listed on (or add them if they are not!). If you have an event, attraction, restaurant or lodging property opening or celebrating an anniversary in 2024, please send details to Jessica O'Riley ( so it can be considered for inclusion. Thank you for your support of the Iowa Travel Guide.


Virtual Media Event Update

Thank you to all who expressed interest in participating in the virtual media event. We had to make some tough decisions about who to include so we could have a range of attractions, lodging, events and geographic diversity. 
Participants in the virtual media event are as follows:
  • Cone Park Mountain Bike Trail, Sioux City
  • MoLo, Des Moines
  • Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice at the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium, Waterloo
  • Wringer Hotel, Newton
  • Treehouse Village, Madrid
  • Sleepy Hollow Sports Park Snowflex, Des Moines
  • The Last Picture House, Davenport
  • Easter Lake North Shore Project, Des Moines
For those who submitted but were not selected, please know we’ll use the information you provided to inform future media pitches and content. 

Fall Getaways Featured on Paula Sands Live

Thank you to those of you who answered our call for stunning fall photos to showcase on Paula Sands Live. Jessica O’Riley appeared in four segments during the hour-long show on September 28 talking about ways to enjoy fall colors in Mason City, Webster City, Charles City, Pella/Marion County, Winterset/Madison County, Boone County, Burlington, Washington and along the Great River Road. She also gave a preview of winter events. On September 29, Jessica also appeared on Everyday Iowa in Cedar Rapids to talk about fall events. 

Iowa in the News

Here are some exciting media highlights featuring Iowa.

Upcoming Meetings

  • October 11-12, 2023 - Travel Federation of Iowa Tourism Unity Summit, Manning
  • October 12, 2023 - iTip Webinar: Deep dive into NCAA bidding process, virtual
  • October 24-25, 2023 - Tourism Insider Meeting, Mason City and Clear Lake
  • November 2, 2023 - CITR Travel Iowa Marketplace, Indianola

Check out the calendar of events for more details and upcoming meetings.