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Testimonials From Our Destination Partners

Lorraine Winterink – owner of  Red Cedar Lodge in Charles City, IA

Red Cedar Lodge was pleased to partner with Midwest Travel Bloggers in October 2016 to expand our business reach outside of Iowa. We were delighted to welcome reputable regionally/nationally recognized bloggers for a few days of fun and exploration who were engaging, personable, and flexible with their busy schedule. Within a short period of time, our new blogger friends exceeded our expectations and delivered beautifully written articles about our property, community and their experiences reaching and sharing well beyond Iowa!


       Rachel Thompson, Sales and Services Coordinator of Visit St. Cloud

“Emily Bertram who attended your conference in Iowa came back raving about this event. We have seen a great ROI from this conference and travel bloggers interested in visiting St. Cloud.”

      Derek Byrne, Social Media Manager at Visit KC

“We truly enjoyed the chat. It’s such a wonderful opportunity for us to talk about our community, reach influencers, and meet new people interested in travel. We are very pleased with the chat and excited all over again seeing these great numbers.”

      Laura Tyunaitis, Community Relations Manager of Visit Kenosha

“Thanks for a great chat last week! We think it was a great success and all of our local attractions that participated agreed. We have already had a few participants reach out for more information and assistance in planning visit to the KC area.”

      Kim Schmidt –  North Dakota Department of Commerce, Tourism Division of  Travel North Dakota

     “It was an honor to be part of the 2019 Midwest Travel Network conference in North Dakota,” said North Dakota Department of Commerce      Communications Manager Kim Schmidt. “The content and networking opportunities were invaluable and was fun to showcase our state, tell our stories and see attendees sharing their legendary experiences.”

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      James Cardis, Director of Marketing of – Aurora Area (Enjoy Aurora)

     “I was as impressed by my overall experience in Medora, ND—a location I never thought I’d have the opportunity (let alone the desire) to visit—as I was by my first Midwest Travel Network conference. Exceedingly professional and well-organized. It was great getting to know my fellow Midwest CVB representatives, all of whom are in the same boat professionally: overshadowed by our larger neighbors, or at a geographic disadvantage (sometimes both!). Given these challenges, the Midwest Travel Network is an essential market for us. We were given the opportunity to increase our exposure to content producers that have an earnest stake in documenting travel to lesser-known destinations and build relationships with writers early in their careers. When Midwest Travel Network members thrive, so do Midwest destinations like ours. Looking forward to seeing you in St. Cloud, MN!”


Terry Thiel, Executive Director of Convention & Visitors Bureau Visit Dickinson – The Western Edge

      “This was a very informative conference! I learned a lot and met great contacts.”

Lisa Riggs- Tourism Director Danish Windmill – Elk Horn, IA

“A shout out to Midwest Travel Network! The Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa, a town of 650, hosted 5 travel/food/influencers/bloggers in September. We couldn’t have asked for a better mix of Influencers to visit us. Their enthusiasm and adventurous spirit made it a joy to work with them. Elk Horn, IowaThe wonderful stories and links on all social platforms after their visit has been extremely impressive. It is heartwarming to see how positively we are viewed as a destination for travelers. Special thanks to Sara Broers from Mid-West Travel Network for helping us navigate our first time hosting these professionals.

           P.S. Sara also does an educational workshop on all subjects related to Influencers. I would highly recommend having her come into your community and educate your businesses on social media marketing.”