DES MOINES, Iowa -- There will be over 1,600 media members in town for the 2016 Iowa Caucuses and local hotels and restaurants are ready to shine.
“Every four years the Iowa Caucuses shine a spotlight on the metro that has helped us build a national reputation as a thriving community filled with great restaurant and entertainment options,” said Paul Rottenberg, president of Orchestrate Hospitality.
Orchestrate Hospitality runs metro staples like Centro, Django, Gateway Market & Café, Malo, and Zombie Burger.
Rottenberg goes on to say that the approach to Caucus has changed for local restaurants in his time in Des Moines. He said they used to be nervous about their ability to accommodate the influx in visitors but not anymore.
“Our growth has been especially noticeable over the past 15 years and it’s earned us wonderful accolades from the national press that proves useful long after the political class leaves town,” said Rottenberg.
They are expecting bigger crowds this weekend but nothing they can’t handle. Orchestrate Hospitality said they will have more staff on hand to accommodate but it will be similar to a busy weekend.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau in Des Moines estimates that the local hotels will see a huge increase.
“Historically this time of year, hotel occupancy is about 60 percent of 11,000 rooms,” says Greg Edwards, Convention and Visitors Bureau. “During the Caucuses, we’ll likely hit 88 to 90 percent occupancy.”