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The start of the 2018 Indiana State Fair is only days away and IOTD will once again be sponsoring the Visit Indiana Beer, Wine, & Spirits Pavilion. The pavilion has become a popular stop for fair-goers because of its live entertainment, open seating area, and of course beverages from a variety of Hoosier vintners, brewers and spirit makers. The large number of people it brings in also makes it popular among our tourism-partners who use it to tout their destinations.  On August 17 at 11 am, the Visit Indiana Beer, Wine, & Spirits Pavilion will play host to the 2018 Will Koch Indiana Tourism Leadership and Hoosier Hospitality Awards ceremony. Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch will present the industry’s highest honor to a very worthy recipient as well as recognize several Hoosiers who typify our state’s trademark brand of hospitality.  I hope you will join us for this special event as well as enjoy the Fair. The Indiana State Fair runs August 3-19.

We are looking for nominations for our 2018 Best of Indiana categories. This year, Hoosiers will cast votes for Indiana’s best state parks and recreation areas, best specialty burgers, and top museums. Fashioned after the People's Choice Awards, Best of Indiana has become a popular annual affair and now we need your help compiling the list of nominees. Please submit your burger and museum nominations here on or before August 2. The criteria for each category is described in the nomination form.  Voting will open to the public beginning August 27.

In September, IOTD will be holding a series of statewide strategic planning sessions. During these sessions, we will share success stories and opportunities for improvement as well as solicit your input in the development of a three-year strategic plan for Indiana Tourism.  In recent years, we’ve seen record visitor numbers and spending in the Hoosier State and are eager to continue this momentum. Information regarding the dates, times and locations of these planning sessions will be available shortly.

Earlier this month, IOTD hosted representatives from Great Lakes USA for their annual meeting and a FAM tour across South Central and Southern Indiana. Great Lakes USA is a membership organization comprised of state and local tourism destinations that works to promote the Great Lakes region internationally. GLUSA has offices in China, Germany and the UK.  With the help of partners from the Columbus Area Visitors Center, Brown County CVB, Big Woods Brewing, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Visit French Lick/West Baden, French Lick Resort, Marengo Cave, Huber Orchard, Winery and Vineyards and Visit Madison, we were able to introduce our representatives from China, Germany and the UK to regions of Indiana that they had never previously visited.  The FAM was an enormous success! Our international representatives are now better equipped to promote Indiana destinations to potential travelers from their countries than ever before.

An opportunity for filmmakers to support tourism in West Central Indiana is now available. The Indiana Film Race kicks off September 27, and now is the time for filmmakers to apply for this opportunity. Three teams will be selected to develop and shoot a short film across five different counties in this region and compete for a grand prize of $10,000. The deadline to enter the race is August 21.

Film Indiana was proud to take part in the Indiana Film and Video Vendors Trade Show at Hammer Lighting and Grip in Indianapolis. Several professionals were on hand to display their gear and skills to filmmakers and other industry professionals. It proved to be a valuable networking event.

And you might have heard, there was a movie being filmed at Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis in recent weeks. The film, entitled The Miseducation of Bindu, is one of many projects underway across the state.  HGTV’s Lakefront Bargain Hunt, for example, has been in Indiana twice in the past month, full-length features are being filmed in Michiana and Warsaw, plus two other films are in development and two more are in post-production.  

Finally, I wanted to let you know that IOTD is on LinkedIn. I encourage you to check us out.

As always, if there is anything that the team at IOTD can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Thanks for all you do to help our industry thrive.

Best,

Mark