The Pella Chronicle
---- — The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented 20 awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry recently in Waterloo during the 2013 Iowa Tourism Conference.
“These awards offer a great way to publicly recognize the hard-working, dedicated and passionate individuals who help grow Iowa’s tourism economy,” said Iowa Tourism Office Manager Shawna Lode.
Eight awards were presented for both metro and rural areas. Hall of Fame awards for leadership were presented to an individual, attraction and community. In addition, conference attendees voted for the People’s Choice Award; nominees were the second-highest scoring nominations in each of the eight categories.
Outstanding Promotion Material
Dubuque Convention and Visitors Bureau (Metro)
Villages of Van Buren (Rural)
Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau (Metro)
Charles City Whitewater (Rural)
Outstanding Social Media
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines (Metro)
Fairfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (Rural)
Outstanding Niche Marketing Initiative
Summer of the Arts, Iowa City (Metro)
Grinnell Games, Grinnell (Rural)
Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, Iowa Events Center, Iowa State University and Polk County for the Division I Wrestling Championships (Metro)
Mississippi River Power 100 Committee, Keokuk (Rural)
Outstanding New Event
Division I National Wrestling Championships, Des Moines (Metro)
Smoke on the Water BBQ Competition, Okoboji (Rural)
Outstanding Tourism Business
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines (Metro)
RVP~1875 and History Boy Theatre Company, Jefferson (Rural)
Outstanding Tourism Experience
Reiman Gardens, Ames (Metro)
American Gothic House, Eldon (Rural)
Hall of Fame Individual Tourism Leadership: Kelly Hayworth, City Manager, Coralville
Hall of Fame Attraction Tourism Leadership: Grout Museum District, Waterloo
Hall of Fame Community Tourism Leadership: Pella
People’s Choice Award: “What Women Want” Event, Dubuque
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.