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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

515.725.3085 or traveliowa@iowaeda.com

 

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 www.traveliowa.com, call 800.345.IOWA or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center.

 

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