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#MeetingsMatter! Celebrating Global Meetings Industry Day

After several years of in-person meetings and conferences being canceled, the industry is coming together to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day on April 11, 2024, to showcase why #MeetingsMatter to our community, businesses, organizations, attendees, and our local economy. Did you know that nearly $119 billion was spent on meetings and events-related travel in 2023? *

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) is a designated day of advocacy showcasing the undeniable value that meetings, tradeshows, exhibitions, conferences, and conventions bring to communities, businesses, and people. There is no doubt that these types of events benefit Council Bluffs as a whole. Business-related events bring travelers into our area to spend money at our hotels, restaurants, attractions, and gas stations. These travel expenditures go right back into the city through tax collections and benefit our residents, businesses, city, and tourism partners.

Council Bluffs has hosted a plethora of noteworthy meetings in the last several years. We love assisting these groups in their meeting planning to ensure they have an unforgettable experience in CB.

  • 2018: Iowa League of Cities Annual Conference
  • 2019: Institute of Iowa Certified Assessors Conference
  • 2021: Iowa Association of Realtors Annual Conference
  • 2022: Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Annual Conference
  • 2023: Iowa's County Conservation System Fall Conference 
  • 2024: 2024 Iowa Bicycle Summit & Iowa Trails Summit 

Meet in Council Bluffs!

Council Bluffs has what it takes to make your meetings and events memorable! We offer a convenient, affordable, and central location for meetings and events of all sizes. We have over 85,000 square feet of meeting space and over 2,500 hotel rooms.

Getting to Council Bluffs is Easy by Car or Plane

We’re located at the intersection of I-80 and I-29. If you’re flying, it’s just as convenient. We’re a ten-minute drive from Omaha’s Airport (OMA), Eppley Airfield, recently rated the top medium-sized airport in the country. The airport offers nonstop flights to more than 30 major U.S. cities and serves more than 5 million passengers annually.

Venues / Facilities

Unleash the perfect event in Council Bluffs. Enjoy the upscale and flexible spaces at the Mid-America Center, CB’s premier convention center featuring 64,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, including a 30,000-square-foot arena, 24,500-square-foot expo hall, two ballrooms, and 12 meeting rooms. Our other venues, like the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center, Holiday Inn Hotel at Ameristar, and Hilton Garden Inn, will help you create a memorable experience. With a wide range of options, we’re here to help you find the right-sized venue.

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Local Amenities

With more than 2,600 hotel rooms, we have plenty of space for you! Located in a bi-state area only minutes from downtown Omaha, our metropolitan area is booming with opportunities, culture, and business. We’ve got unique and unforgettable attractions, world-class public art, diverse dining options, and national performances and live music making it a premier spot to host a meeting!

We’re Here to Help!

Our staff is dedicated to making planning a meeting in Council Bluffs easy! Regardless of if you’re planning a meeting for 15 or 15,000, we can help make your event unforgettable. Reach out to our director of sales, Kathy Rosene, to bring your ideas to life!

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*according to the US Travel Association

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