Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 5:00 PM CDT
Friday, September 21, 2018 at 12:00 PM CDT

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Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown
101 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309  



Cathi Wineland 
CenStates Travel and Tourism Research Association 




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2018 CenStates TTRA Conference 

The 2018 CenStates conference is your road map to navigate the Cycle of Research and provide deeper understanding for the travel marketer, manager, developer and researcher. In this ever-changing journey, the CenStates conference provides the venue for engaging discussion, new strategies, inspirational concepts and reliable contacts. This year the affordable CenStates conference is focusing on real-life examples and case studies to showcase trends, tactics and tools that you can adapt for your own organization. 

Check out this powerful lineup:

  • Analytics and Research Are Not the Same    
  • Measuring Tourism Success
  • Trends in Destination DevelopmentGoogle Analytics
  • Riverfront & Trail Development
  • Cycle of Research Roundtables
  • Destination Websites that Drive Travel
  • So much more

The 2018 Conference kicks off with the Opening Reception on Wednesday, September 19 at the headquarters for the Meredith Corporation incluidng an exclusive, behind-the scenes tour of the Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen and BHG Test Garden.

Here is the Schedule at a Glance.

Affordable Registration

We work hard to keep the registration rates low so all sizes of organizastions may attend so register today!

Meeting Location

Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown, 101 East Locust St., Des Moines IA 50309, 515-244-1700  Please note that the meeting location has been changed since the original hotel, the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, has been under renovation and is not yet available for conferences.  All reservations made at the Renaissance have been automatically transfered to the Embassy Suites at the same room rate.


Downtown Des Moines is 4 miles from the Des Moines International Airport There are daily flights to Des Moines on Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines  and United, with 22 direct flight destinations.

Complimentary shuttle service is available from the Airport to the Embassy Suites by calling the hotel at 515-244-1700 upon arrival.