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Annual Welcome Center Training & Tour

Elk Horn, Iowa May 23, 2008
Jessica O’Riley – Iowa Tourism Office, Iowa Department of Economic Development

Phyllis Hoegh from The Danish Windmill participated in the Iowa Tourism Office’s annual Welcome Center Training and Familiarization Tour April 21-23 in northeast Iowa.

A group of 25 employees and volunteers from Iowa’s welcome centers attended the annual event. “By getting our Welcome Center staff out to view first-hand Iowa’s varied attractions and destinations, we increase their knowledge of our tourism offerings,” said Nancy Landess, Iowa Tourism Office Manager. “Their expertise has been shown to increase the stay of nearly 30 percent of travelers, resulting in an additional $23 million spent in the state.”

This year’s tour began at the Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence and included stops at the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Waterloo; the Little Brown Church in Nashua; Eagles Landing Winery in Marquette; Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah; the World’s Smallest Church in Festina; and a barn quilt tour of Fayette County.
The event, which rotates through the state’s three tourism regions, will take place in western Iowa in 2009 and in central Iowa in 2010.

Iowa’s Welcome Center system includes 20 centers across the state. In 2007, the centers welcomed nearly 540,000 individuals and more than 206,000 travel parties. Tourism is a $5.8 billion industry in Iowa, employing more than 63,400 people statewide and generating more than $290 million in state taxes The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Department of Economic Development. For more information about Iowa tourism or to order a 2008 Iowa Travel Guide, visit, call 800.345.IOWA or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center.


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The Danish Windmill

P.O. Box 245, 4038 Main
Elk Horn, Iowa 51531
(712) 764-7472