Tourism competes for state prize

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The Switzerland County Recreation, Tourism, and Convention Commission is one of eight finalists in the State of Indiana for a $25,000 prize from the Department of Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The local tourism office’s “A Vision for Switzerland County: The Retail Project” is among the eight finalists named by the department; and the prize is made possible through a grant from the Efoymson Fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Other finalists for the prize include: Firebelly Marketing for the Indianapolis International Film Festival; the Indiana Historical Society for its Indiana History Train; the Indianapolis Museum of Art for its “Roman Art from the Louvre” campaign; the Indianapolis Zoo for its “Dare to Deliver” summer campaign; the Marion/Grant County Convention and Visitors Bureau for Grant County’s Community Box Office; the Stutz Artists Association for its open house; and the Starr-Gennett Foundation for its “Gateway to Indiana’s Musical Heritage”.

The prize will be awarded at the Indiana Cultural Tourism Conference, which will be held in French Lick. The award will be announced this Monday, May 5th.

“The prize recognizes an organization for a highly creative, professionally executed cultural tourism initiative that met or exceeded results-driven goals,” said Sotiris Hje-Avgoustis, professor at IUPUI and chairperson of the department.