Tourism Industry News
Greetings from IOTD!
Autumn. It’s the perfect time of year to plan a road trip to visit one of Indiana’s U-pick farms or find the best places for leaf-peeping. The leaves are finally turning gold and red, instead of green and there’s a crispness in the air, forcing many of us to put on our Fall jackets.
Speaking of jackets, the blue jackets invaded our state for the 90th annual FFA convention last week. I had the honor of attending the kickoff luncheon and enjoyed the company of some amazing young leaders from all over the country. They spent several days in our capital city, but many of them branched out to agritourism sites across Indiana. Busloads of students and advisors learned trades from some of the state’s best farmers, entrepreneurs and agritourism operators.
Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch visited several tourism destinations in October. She explored Indiana State Parks and met with leaders at the state’s largest festival, the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival. There she sampled some local foods and greeted vendors. She also attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new land-based Tropicana Casino in her hometown of Evansville. Lieutenant Governor Crouch was also a guest at Hoosier Park for the first ever Breeders Crown held in the Midwest.
The Lieutenant Governor and OCRA (Office of Community and Rural Affairs) announced the Stellar Communities Designees. IOTD was so proud to be a part of the selection process and wish to extend our congratulations to the City of Madison and Town of Culver.
The Ball State University-produced documentary about the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay was screened three times during the Heartland Film Festival. “Everlasting Light: The Story of The Bicentennial Torch Relay” was selected to be part of the Indiana Spotlight Series. Members of the relay staff attended a filmmaker Q & A session after each screening and answered questions about the making of the documentary and staging of the relay.
Film Indiana has a new and improved website. It’s far more intuitive and user-friendly than the previous version and has been designed to showcase our many diverse shoot locations, filmmakers and the production talent that works in Indiana. Check out the website at FilmIndiana.com.
The people have spoken! Our Best of Indiana voting has concluded and the votes are being counted as I write. We will be announcing the winners of our three categories: Indiana’s Best Tenderloins, Best Fall Festivals and Best Historic Destinations on November 7 on WISH-TV at 9am.
Many thanks to you all for supporting IOTD’s endeavors and if there’s anything our office can do for you, please do not hesitate to call upon us.