eTraveler: October 6, 2022

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Lora Friest - based out of Decorah (left) and Stephanie Neppl - based out of Sibley (right)

Meet the Tourism Liaisons

Help us in welcoming Lora Friest and Stephanie Neppl to the Iowa Tourism Office! They are excited to get to know you and your community and show you how Iowa's innovative tourism marketing initiatives can help you prosper. Connect with them to set up visits to your attractions and communities.



Meet The Entire Tourism Team

WANTED: Call for Spring and Summer Events!

We are gathering content for the Spring/Summer 2023 Travel Guide and would love to share your biggest spring/summer events. Whether it’s a music festival, cultural event, celebration of food or a major sports competition, please share it with Amber Rottinghaus at for future promotion consideration.

FY23 Regional Sports Authority District (RSAD) Certifications

Congratulations to the FY23 RSAD recipients.

  • Cedar Valley Sports Commission
  • Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Discover Ames
  • Fort Dodge Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Greater Burlington Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Iowa City/Coralville Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Sioux City Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Travel Dubuque
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Iowa in the News

Here are some exciting media highlights featuring Iowa.

Shop Iowa Day is Coming - October 12, 2022


Shop Iowa Day is a statewide shopping event featuring hundreds of Iowa small businesses selling on the Shop Iowa platform. The goal is to encourage shopping from these amazing local shops and makers by offering deals and discounts that make even more residents aware of how easy it is to shop online on the statewide Shop Iowa marketplace!

Use the toolkit link below for any messaging or imagery you may need.

Should any businesses need direct help with onboarding their shops or products, please have them reach out to our team for support:

Thank you for all you do for Iowa businesses and your support of the Shop Iowa program!

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New U.S. Travel Association Dashboards

Recovery and Growth Insights Dashboard

U.S. Travel members have access to the exclusive Recovery and Growth Insights Dashboard, the most comprehensive and centralized source for high-frequency intelligence on the U.S. travel industry and the broader economy.

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DMO Digital Performance Dashboard

In collaboration with Simpleview, the U.S. Travel Association's Destinations Council has created the DMO Digital Performance Dashboard.

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Upcoming Meetings/Events

  • November 2, 2022 - Travel Iowa Marketplace
  • November 17, 2022 - Iowa Tourism Office Update (webinar)
  • January 19, 2023 - Iowa Tourism Office Update (webinar)
  • March 22 & 23, 2023 - Iowa Tourism Conference at Prairie Meadows

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

Calendar of Events