“Austin, Minnesota has an abundance of wonderful attributes that make it a unique place,” says Nancy Schnable, executive director of the Austin Convention & Visiotrs Bureau. “It’s just one of those towns that you have to see to believe.”

Population: 25,000

Location: Located at the junction of Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 218, Austin is 12 miles north of the Iowa border and 95 miles south of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Transportation: The Austin Municipal Airport is a public-owned, public-use airport, located 2 miles east of the central business dis- trict of Austin. Along with various taxi com- panies, the Southern Minnesota Area Rural Transit (SMART) also runs through the city, providing safe, reliable and accessible public transportation to residents and visitors.

Must-Sees: ArtWorks Center, housed in the historic First National Bank, showcases and fosters the local art community through art enrichment and art shows. The Jay C. Hormel Nature Center sits on 500 acres of hikeable trails through hardwood and pine forests and prairie along Dobbins Creek. Stop by the Sterling Shopping Center, one of Minnesota’s original strip malls, to find those just-what-you’re-looking-for items. Other places include the Austin landmark Buffy the Cow and Rydjor Bike Museum.

Restaurants: There are 60 dining options within the Austin city limits including Piggy Blues BBQ, the historic Old Mill, and the only Culvers in the U.S. with SPAM on the menu.

Conference Center: The Holiday Inn Austin Conference Center has nine meeting rooms with more than 8,000 square feet of meeting space. Other meeting places include the Hormel Historic Home Center and Ruby Rupner Auditorium.

Hotels: There are seven hotels in the area with a total of 386 rooms including the Quality of Excellence Award winning Holiday Inn and Conference Center.

How the CVB Helps: “We know the local area, have built the partnerships with local vendors and together we can communicate and create success for everyone,” says Schnable. “At the Austin, Minnesota CVB office, we strive to make a meeting planner’s job hassle and stress free. The clients we work with become friends. When you provide excellent service time and time again, people begin to trust you. It’s easy to call a friend and plan a meeting knowing that it’s in good hands.”

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Key Contact: Nancy Schnable
Phone Number: 507.437.4563

Experience Rochester MN appointed Angie Richards to the position of vice president of sales. She previously held the position of area director of sales for Avra Hospitality in Rochester, Minn. 

Richards will lead Experience Rochester MN’s sales team, which is responsible for the booking of meetings, conventions, and other events at Mayo Civic Center as well as group sales for the entire city.


Radisson Blu Mall of America promoted Kate Anastasi to director of sales and marketing. Anastasi has been with the Radisson Blu Mall of America team for eight years and has held many support and leadership roles within the sales team. She had most recently served as the assistant director of sales and marketing. Anastasi won the 2021 Radisson Blu Manager of the Year award.  


The 2022 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, held on March 1 at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel, featured both in-person and virtual learning for representatives of tourism organizations, attractions, lodging properties and other entities. The gathering kicked off with remarks by Gov. Tim Walz and Explore Minnesota Director Lauren Bennett McGinty.