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Midwest Cultural Tourism Conference Set for April 22 in Bloomington

INDIANAPOLIS – The Midwest Cultural Tourism Conference, which takes place April 22 in Bloomington, offers a special opportunity to people who are passionate about their community and the role tourism plays in local economies.

The one-day event will bring together tourism and hospitality professionals, destination marketers, event planners, arts and cultural organizations, artists, “foodists”, and tourism students for three tracks of presentations about collaboration, cultured destinations and the culture of experience.

For a list of presenters, presentations and to register, visit here. No on-site registration will be offered.

Presentations include:

           Placemaking Makes Money

           Small Towns: Destinations, Not Drive-Thrus

           Wayfinding through Public Art: 46 Murals Project

           Stepping Back in Time

           It’s About How You Get There

The conference also features an artisans showcase. About 16 artisans are expected to have booths at the conference.

The IU Department of Tourism, Conventions and Event Management at IUPUI is able to present the conference thanks to a significant gift from the Efroymson Family Fund. The conference will be held in the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mark Newman, the executive director of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, will address the future of state tourism brands at the conference luncheon. The $25,000 Efroymson Award for Excellence in Cultural Tourism Development will also be presented at the luncheon. The Efroymson Award recognizes a nonprofit organization for a creative, emerging cultural tourism initiative. Two runner ups will each receive $5,000 award.