Posts With Keyword ‘Pella Convention and Visitors Bureau’

Let’s Talk Pella – Spring Tourism

Posted: Monday, April 16th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine have given the traditional tourism season in Pella a little boost this year. On today’s Let’s Talk Pella, Jill Vandevoort, Director of the Pella Convention and Visitors Bureau discusses what the warmer weather has done for local businesses, attractions and recreational destinations.

Let’s Talk Pella – Jill Vandevoort

Posted: Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Pella Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Jill Vandevoort discusses the economic impact of events like this weekend’s H.O.G Rally and Red Rock Balloon Fest to the local economy.

Weekend Events A Boon To Local Economy

Posted: Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 6:23 am

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Two big events are planned for Pella and around Lake Red Rock this weekend.

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Pella CVB Looks Forward To Big Year

Posted: Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 at 6:23 am

The Pella Convention and Visitors Bureau is looking forward to another busy year.

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$1,000 Prize Up For Grabs At Bridal Fair

Posted: Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 6:25 am

Brides-to-be will be interested in the upcoming Pella Bridal Fair sponsored by area businesses and the Pella Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Pella Included Amongst Communities Bidding to Host RAGBRAI

Posted: Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 at 6:27 am

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With the support of the city council expressed at a meeting earlier this month, the City of Pella is among the communities that have submitted bids to be included on the 2011 RAGBRAI route. The Pella Convention and Visitors Bureau submitted the application, and CVB Director Jill Vandevoort says it was important to have the city’s support on an event that will require many city resources.

Vandevoort also says the community’s experience hosting Tulip Time should help the city greatly in organizing a large-scale event like hosting RAGBRAI.

“Because we do host the Tulip Festival each year, we have a lot of non-profits [and] we have an amazing amount of volunteers that already assist us during that three day event,” said Vandevoort. “We’re going to pull a lot of volunteers from the community, but also look for some assistance from the [Tulip Time] Steering Committee and just have some of those things lined up and into play so it won’t take as much time and planning as it would for a community that doesn’t have a large festival each year.”

She adds that hosting RAGBRAI would also provide a great deal of exposure for Pella to a new and different audience.

“The media opportunity throughout the RAGBRAI event each year becomes bigger and bigger. It’s not just an Iowa event – it’s a national event – but there are an increasing amount of people who come from all over the world to participate,” said Vandevoort. “I think RAGBRAI has done a lot of changing for the better over the years, and it’s something that people really want to participate in.”

Pella is requesting to be an overnight host site for the ride, which will travel through southern Iowa in 2011. Pella hasn’t hosted RAGBRAI since the early 1980s.

Tourism Opportunities During Nationals Extend Beyond (or Between) Knoxville and Pella

Posted: Saturday, August 14th, 2010 at 6:27 am

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While full hotel rooms, busy restaurants and bustling shops have been good for the city of Pella during the Knoxville Nationals, in-town tourism isn’t the only facet of the local economy that benefits from the presence of thousands of race fans.

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Pella’s Hotels Light Up ‘No Vacancy’ Signs During Nationals

Posted: Thursday, August 12th, 2010 at 6:29 am

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Pella’s lodging industry is booming as race fans in the area for the 50th Annual Knoxville Nationals have likely filled every vacant place to stay in the county.

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Pella’s Location in ‘Racing Hub’ is Beneficial, says Tourism Director

Posted: Saturday, August 7th, 2010 at 6:25 am

The 360 Knoxville Nationals are well underway, and as race fans flock to the Marion County seat, they’re also making their way to Pella.

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Pella’s Tourism Down Slightly in FY 2010, Expected to Rebound

Posted: Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 6:29 am

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Tourism dipped only slightly in the 2010 fiscal year for the City of Pella, but the community expects to see an increase again in the upcoming fiscal year.

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Pella CVB Readies for Tourism Season

Posted: Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 at 6:27 am

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With warmer weather already moving in, it’s time to prepare for tourism season in the city of Pella. Jill Vandevoort, Director of the Pella Convention and Visitors Bureau says her organization has been working hard to get ready.

“April is probably our busiest month here at the CVB as we’re following up and doing final details with motor coach tours that we maybe spoke to at trade shows in the past,” said Vandevoort. “As they’re finalizing their itineraries, it’s time for us to help them with their final details as well.”

Vandevoort says the CVB has also been working to keep Pella visible in various publications.

“One thing that we were able to do to add to the festivities this year was to work with travel writers and people that we’ve worked with in the past that have been kind enough to do pieces on our community,” said Vandevoort. “[That] will help keep Pella in the spotlight in different publications.”

Vandevoort adds that with fewer dollars available for tourism-related projects in the state, organizations like the Pella Convention and Visitors Bureau have to find more creative, low-cost ways to promote the community.

Pella Applies to Host Harley Rally

Posted: Monday, March 8th, 2010 at 6:25 am

The City of Pella has applied to be a host site for Iowa’s Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) Rally in 2011.

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Trading Master Plan – Send Your Commissions Into Overdrive.

Posted: Friday, January 29th, 2010 at 6:27 am

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The 2009 calendar yea Trading Master Plan – Send Your Commissions Into Overdrive. r was another strong year for the City of Pella in the tourism department.

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Open House Today at New Pella Chamber of Commerce Location

Posted: Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 at 6:25 am

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The Pella Chamber of Commerce is hosting an open house Wednesday afternoon to show their new location to members of the community.

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Pella Chamber Officially Moved into New Office

Posted: Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 at 6:27 am

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Though work is still ongoing inside, the Pella Chamber of Commerce is officially located in its new office.

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Pella Tourism Directors Comment on Winning Awards

Posted: Monday, October 26th, 2009 at 6:31 am

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Pella Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Jill Vandevoort; and Bonnie Verberg, Director of the Vermeer Mill and Pella Historical agree that Pella claiming two prestigious tourism awards was the result of years of hard work by many members in – and even outside – the Pella community.

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Pella to be Represented at Iowa State Fair

Posted: Thursday, August 13th, 2009 at 8:01 am

The Iowa State Fair begins Thursday, and the Pella community will be among those represented with a booth on the fairgrounds.

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