Greater Des Moines is a metro full of unexpected delights waiting to be discovered. In our city, you can count on all the amenities of a big metro without all the fuss. From a state-of-the art convention center to the more than 2,000 hotel rooms in downtown Des Moines—including a newly attached Hilton Des Moines Downtown hotel with 330 rooms opening in spring 2018—to the endless list of restaurants, nightlife and culture, here you are always steps away from a great experience. Situated in downtown Des Moines, the Iowa Events Center features 37 meeting rooms, 150,000 square feet of exhibit space, and a 28,800 sq.-ft. ballroom. If hosting your next meeting or event at a convention center isn’t your thing, we’ve got you covered. Here you’ll find a variety of venues to accommodate any size and style of event. Coupled with our more than 13,000 hotel rooms, Greater Des Moines is a destination for many different groups and events. We have welcomed groups like Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Biennial Conference, Great Commission Churches Faithwalkers Midwest, Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witness Regional Convention, National Baptist Laymen Movement Seven State Laymen’s Workshop and Women of Faith. This year we look forward to hosting groups like Disciples of Christ General Assembly, Christians Engaged in Faith Formation and Lutheran Congregations in Faith Formation. The unexpected delights when you host your next meeting or event in Des Moines don’t stop at a great offering of venues and hotels. While here, we invite you and your attendees to experience the city like a local. Greater Des Moines boasts a growing arts and culture scene, emerging local flavors at award-winning restaurants, and opportunities to be active on our more than 800 miles of trails - all within an accessible distance from your meeting or event. Be sure to check out the 4.4-acre sculpture park featuring 28 pieces of art in the heart of downtown. And don’t miss the impressive public art murals that can be found around the city. When you get hungry stop into one of our more than 1,000 locally owned restaurants around the metro that feature award-winning chefs and “As Seen on TV” favorites to experience the flavor of Greater Des Moines. Catch the unexpected delights of hosting your next meeting or event in Greater Des Moines. A destination where you are always steps away from a great experience. To learn more, visit catchdesmoines.com/planners.