July 14, 2016

Welcome New Staff

The CVB is growing! We've recently hired Adele Herman to fulfill the needs of the newly created Marketing Assistant position. We've also added Alex Riegler as Welcome Center Assistant Manager as well as Lori Fiebelkorn and Karen Lyness as Welcome Center staff. Join us in welcoming them to our team!

Adele Herman
Marketing Assistant
Adele assists in planning, managing, and executing the overall marketing effort of the CVB to brand the community as a destination for travel. These efforts include print, television, and radio mediums as well as digital & social strategies. Adele joined the CVB team in June of 2016.
Alex Riegler
Welcome Center Assistant Manager 
Alex assists in the daily oversight of the Iowa Welcome Center and creates a positive environment for visitors coming to the Dubuque area. Alex has been with the Welcome Center since April of 2016.
Lori Fiebelkorn
Welcome Center  
Lori supports the Welcome Center by welcoming travelers into the area and providing information and positive experiences. Lori has been with the CVB since May of 2016.
Karen Lyness
Welcome Center 
Karen assists travelers as they plan and navigate Dubuque by providing information and positive experiences. Karen has been with the Welcome Center since April of 2016.

America's River Festival Recap
The 2016 America's River Festival (presented by American Trust & Savings Bank) exceeded expectations. On Friday, June 10, 3,300 individuals attended the festival to see acts that included Nashville up-and-comer Jon Pardi, who sang crowd favorite, "Head Over Boots."

Saturday, June 11, the second annual beer event, The Tappening, welcomed 650 attendees, approximately 150 more people than the inaugural 2015 event. With warm weather, music and brews, this event was a highlight for festival goers. A record-breaking 8,000 attendees enjoyed the Saturday night concert, while headliners Cheap Trick and REO Speedwagon relived the magic of their greatest hits.

Overall 548 communities, 24 states, and one foreign country made up advanced ticket sales. An economic impact of $1,422,000* was generated by the event.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, contributors, vendors, partners and attendees who make this event a success year after year!

Make sure to save the date for June 9-10, 2017 where you can see Old Dominion and more!

*According to the Iowa Regional Sports Authority Economic Impact Formula

2016 Riverboat Schedule
The Port of Dubuque has been busy welcoming guests from around the world on our local riverboats. In July we will see even more riverboat activity as the American Queen returns to Dubuque and the Riverboat Louisiane makes its debut in the Port.

Brochure Distribution
Looking to increase foot traffic into your front door? Let us help you spread your message. The Dubuque CVB's Brochure Distribution program has established highly trafficked visitor locations to place your brochure or poster. Pricing is structured annually and quarterly.

Sports Commission Recap
The Dubuque Regional Sports Commission was able to support 19 events in Dubuque county for FY16. Events held July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016 were eligible for funding and ranged from the DockDog World Championships to the Dubuque Dragon Boat Races to RUN4TROOPS. In total, these 19 events helped attract over 30,000 people to the Dubuque area and generated an estimated $4 million in economic impact.

In addition to the Dubuque Regional Sports Commission, the Dubuque CVB partners with many other events in Dubuque County. Combined with the Sports Commission numbers, Dubuque CVB partnered events helped generate over 70,000 visitors and over $8.5 million in estimated economic impact to the Dubuque area.

Upcoming Events
Mississippi Valley Tennis Open: July 11-13 & July 15-17
DockDogs at the Dubuque County Fair: July 26-31
Irish Hooley: August 26-27
Ride Across Wisconsin: August 26-28
Greater Iowa Bowling Association at Cherry Lanes:  August 26-28
Cabela's Master Walleye
Did you know that Dubuque was nationally televised on NBC Sports and The Pursuit Channel? The Cabela's Maste r Walleye fishing tournament offered a unique experience for Dubuque, as an estimated 250,000 households and 550,000 viewers took in the half hour episode.

Iowa Travel Guide Inclusion
On August 1, eligible listings on traveliowa.com will be pulled for inclusion in the next Iowa Travel Guide. Make sure your listing is active and up-to-date or add a listing if one doesn't exist. Please note - listings that haven't been updated in the last 18 months will not be included in the Iowa Travel Guide. 

Be Our Guest this July with Fairy Tale Experiences
Princesses and fairy tales fill the calendar for Dubuque in July.  The Rising Star Theatre Company presents the modern classic  Beauty and the Beast  based on the Academy Award winning Disney animated film. On July 14 at 7:30 pm, July 15 at 2 pm and July 16 at 7:30 pm at the Five Flags Theatre guests will find out if Belle and the Beast can live happily ever after...Read More

Sunday Brunch
Sunday brunch: so many choices, so many delicious foods to try; a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. Dubuque and the surrounding area is blessed with fine restaurants offering a wide selection at reasonable prices. Let's take a quick trip to sample a few... Read More

Locally Sourced Cuisine is Alive & Well in Dubuque
What's local in Dubuque could quite well be on your plate for dinner. Recent trends have us seeing many restaurants building their fare around what is grown locally. The advantage for us as the consumer isn't always a better price, but a better dish that is tastier and more alive with its aromas... Read More
Explore America's River in Dubuque

What sets Dubuque apart from other medium-sized U.S. cities as a travel and leisure destination? The answer is simple: America's River. Developed along the banks of the largest river in the United States and the fourth longest in the world, Dubuque area residents for generations have embraced their proximity to the mighty Mississippi River... Read More


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