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Iowa Tourism Organizations, Individuals Receive Awards at Conference

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Jessica O’Riley

Iowa Tourism Office, Iowa Economic Development Authority

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Iowa Tourism Organizations, Individuals Receive Awards at 2012 Conference


October 19, 2012 (Des Moines, Iowa) — The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented 12 awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry during the 2012 Iowa Tourism Conference last night.


“The state of Iowa is home to hundreds of destinations that provide outstanding service to travelers from around the globe,” said Iowa Tourism Office Manager Shawna Lode. “It’s our privilege to honor a handful of standouts whose efforts are truly outstanding.”


In addition to the 11 award categories, conference attendees voted for the People’s Choice Award. Nominees were the second-highest scoring nominations in seven categories: Outstanding Tourism Community, Outstanding Tourism Event/Festival, Outstanding Tourism Publication, Outstanding Niche Marketing Campaign, Outstanding Interactive Marketing Initiative, Outstanding Tourism Attraction and Outstanding Cooperative Partnership. 


The complete list of 2012 Iowa Tourism Award recipients:


Outstanding Tourism Community: Dubuque


Outstanding Tourism Event/Festival: Iowa State Fair, Des Moines


Corporate Friend of Tourism: Principal Financial Group


Media Friend of Tourism: Jeff Thee, Lakes TV/Mediacom


Outstanding Tourism Publication: Waterloo/Cedar Falls Visitors Guide


Outstanding Niche Marketing Campaign: Manning Hausbarn/Heritage Park, Manning


Outstanding Interactive Marketing Initiative: Iowa State Fair, Des Moines


Outstanding Elected Official: Mayor Ron Corbett, Cedar Rapids


Outstanding Tourism Attraction: Cedar Valley Trails, Black Hawk County


Individual Friend of Tourism: Lori Foresman-Kirpes, Polk County Conservation


Outstanding Cooperative Partnership: Iowa State Fair and Windstar Lines


People’s Choice Award:  Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau


The annual Iowa Tourism Conference brings together more than 250 industry representatives from across the state to network, attend educational sessions and discuss emerging industry trends.


Tourism in Iowa generates more than $7 billion in expenditures, employs 63,400 people statewide and generates $328 million in state taxes. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information about Iowa tourism, visit, call 800.345.IOWA or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center.


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