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Hoosier Hospitality Awards and Will Koch Indiana Tourism Leadership Award

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and IOTD announced that former Indianapolis Mayor William H. Hudnut III is this year’s recipient of the Will Koch Indiana Tourism Leadership Award. The award announcement was part of Lt. Governor Ellspermann’s annual Hoosier Hospitality Awards at the Indiana State Fair.

The Will Koch Indiana Tourism Leadership Award is presented annually and is the highest tourism honor given by the State of Indiana. The award is named for the late Will Koch, long-time owner and president of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. IOTD and the Koch family established the honor to pay tribute to Will Koch’s many meaningful contributions to tourism, business and society.


Ellspermann and IOTD also presented 20 representatives of the tourism industry the Hoosier Hospitality Award for their high level of service in tourism-related jobs at hotels, restaurants, attractions and other destinations.


More information on Mayor Hudnut and a rundown on all of this year’s Hoosier Hospitality Award winners can be found here.