Iowa Tourism Organizations, Individuals Receive Awards at 2020 Conference

March 3, 2020

For more information contact:

Jessica O’Riley
Iowa Tourism Office, Iowa Economic Development Authority

Iowa Tourism Organizations, Individuals Receive Awards at 2020 Conference

March 3, 2020 (Des Moines) — The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented 26 awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry at a ceremony today in Des Moines during the 2020 Iowa Tourism Conference.

Awards to both metro and rural areas were made in 13 award categories. In addition, conference attendees voted for the People’s Choice Award; nominees were the second-highest scoring nominations.  

The complete list of 2020 Iowa Tourism Award recipients:

Outstanding Attraction
Siouxnami Waterpark, Sioux Center (Rural)
Brucemore, Cedar Rapids (Metro)

Outstanding Community
Malvern (Rural)
Council Bluffs (Metro)

Outstanding Dining Business
Flatted Fifth Blues + BBQ at Potter’s Mill, Bellevue (Rural)
Big Grove Brewery and Taproom, Iowa City (Metro)

Outstanding Event
Avoca Main Street Longest Table Dinner, Avoca (Rural)
World Food & Music Festival, Des Moines (Metro)

Outstanding Individual Leader
Rod Marlatt, Elgin (Rural)
Jane Nicholson, Oskaloosa (Metro)

Outstanding Lodging Property
Hotel Julien Dubuque, Dubuque (Metro)

Outstanding Marketing Collaboration
Danish Windmill for the Danish Villages, Elk Horn (Rural)
Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau and Experience Waterloo (Metro)

Outstanding New Event
Northeast Iowa Tourism Association Farm Crawl (Rural)
Travel Dubuque – USS LST 325 Tour, Dubuque (Metro)

Outstanding Niche Marketing Initiative
O’Brien County Cemetery Preservation Association (Rural)
Iowa Brewers Guild – The Sight Glass Podcast (Metro)

Outstanding Promotional Material
Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism (Rural)
John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, Waterloo (Metro)

Outstanding Retail Experience
The Shoppes at Bradley Hall, Centerville (Rural)
Mahaska Drug, Oskaloosa (Metro)

Outstanding Social Media Execution
Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (Rural)
Catch Des Moines (Metro)

Outstanding Website
Dickinson County Conservation (Rural)
Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau (Metro)

People’s Choice Award
Iowa State Fair

The annual Iowa Tourism Conference brings together nearly 300 industry representatives from across the state to network, attend educational sessions and discuss emerging industry trends. 

Tourism in Iowa generates nearly $9 billion in expenditures and $517.5 million in state taxes, plus employs 70,200 people statewide. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information, visit


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