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Jan. 9, 2003

Convention And Visitors Bureau Director Speaks At Triangle Club Jan. 18

On Sunday, Jan. 18, the Triangle Faculty Club of the University of Iowa will have its fourth presentation of the academic year, in conjunction with Sunday brunch at the University Athletic Club. This presentation will feature Josh Schamberger, executive director, Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau, who will speak on "Visitors to Iowa City -- What Attracts Them?"

In 2003, visitors to Iowa City and Coralville spent $199 million. Schamberger will tell how he and his 17-person staff helped attract those visitors and why they came.

He will also give Visitor Bureau highlights from 2003 and what will be happening in 2004. For example, 1,500 12-year-olds will be coming to Iowa City to compete in an all-state wrestling meet. Also planned is the "Herky on Parade" project, where the life-size statues will decorate Iowa City streets to generate awareness of Kinnick Stadium on its 75th anniversary and help fund its renovation. Schamberger will also talk about "Health Center USA," a marketing collaboration of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Mercy Iowa City, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These are just three of many programs designed to attract visitors to our community.

Josh Schamberger was a runner-up for the Iowa City Press-Citizen's Person of the Year 2003.

Triangle Club membership is open to UI faculty, administrators and Iowa City/Coralville/Johnson County community members. Question may be directed to Dr. Axel Ruprecht, secretary-treasurer at 319-335-7341.

STORY SOURCE: University News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu