Our History

The Fort Wayne/Allen County Convention and Visitors Bureau was established in 1949. Here is a quick look at the last 63 years!

  • In 1952 - Helped the Jaycees promote building the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
  • In 1965 - Promoted the city's theme parks and festivals through brochures and postcards
  • In 1975 - Led the planning effort to build the Grand Wayne Center and Hilton hotel
  • In 1989 - Opened the city's first Visitor Information Center in downtown
  • In 1990 - Helped create the Sports Corporation, which lead to attracting new sports franchises
  • In 2001 - Started ‘Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown' with over 10,000 citizens participating
  • In 2002 & 2005 - Booked the largest convention in city history - 15,000 Gold Wing Road Riders
  • In 2006 - Led a year-long initiative to develop a brand strategy to promote Fort Wayne
  • In 2008 - Installed 12 kiosks around the city to provide visitors with digital information on Fort Wayne
  • In 2009 - Booked IN Girls State Basketball Championships, NCAA Hockey Regional Tournament, and Big Ten 10 Soccer Pre-Season Challenge - all firsts for FW - Visit Fort Wayne played key role in all
  • In 2010 - Changed name to Visit Fort Wayne and moved to the new location on Harrison Street
  • In 2011 - Booked Indiana Democratic Party State Convention - first time convention has ever been held outside of Indianapolis
  • In 2013 - Helped city host record-setting 7,000 youth sports participants during Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend

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