About Visit Fort Wayne
Visit Fort Wayne, The Fort Wayne/Allen County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the nonprofit organization whose purpose is to expand Fort Wayne's economy by attracting convention and leisure visitors. Each year, millions of dollars from visitor spending generate increased commerce, sustained jobs and enhancement of Fort Wayne's image.
The Impact of Visitors on Fort Wayne's Economy
Each year, Fort Wayne and Allen County welcome more than 8.8 million visitors to experience our exceptional attractions, festivals, arts, parks, and events around the city. Visitors directly spend an estimated $995 million in food, lodging, retail and entertainment purchases. Tourism generates $90.7 million in local tax revenue, which can be used for local schools, roads, housing and hospitals. Additionally, 86.5 cents of every dollar spent by visitors stays in Allen County.
The tourism industry affects economic development and job creation. Tourism employment in Fort Wayne and Allen County sustains and retains 13,626 jobs with over $398 million in paid wages and salaries to tourism industry employees.
The latest Report to the Community is available. Learn about recent Visit Fort Wayne activities and what our goals are for the future. Plus, read a recap of Fort Wayne's visitor industry and the importance of visitors and travel to Fort Wayne's economy and well-being.
Visit Fort Wayne Receives Designation from Destinations International
In July 2023, at the Destinations International Annual Convention in Dallas, Texas, Visit Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne and Allen County’s official tourism destination marketing and management organization (Convention and Visitors Bureau), was awarded the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) official seal in recognition of the organization’s rigorous meeting of 118 industry standards of performance and accountability in the travel and tourism accreditation program. The seal denotes the organization’s commitment to operational excellence.
Visit Fort Wayne was awarded “Accreditation with Distinction,” the highest possible recognition for a destination organization. “With Distinction” indicates that the organization far exceeded the minimum requirement for accreditation and that the independent DMAP Board found no opportunities for the organization to improve its submissions to the required standards.
This international accreditation program requires a destination organization to successfully comply with a multitude of mandatory and voluntary standards that span a variety of performance areas to gain this momentous achievement. The standards cover nearly all aspects related to the management and marketing of destination organizations including governance, finance, human resources, technology, innovation, policy, planning, sales, communications, ethics, advocacy, research, and destination development.
Partnership and Advertising Opportunities
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