Visit Fort Wayne Receives Designation from Destinations International
Last week 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.
“Last September we set our sights on an accreditation vision to elevate our already exceptional organization and its mission to bring wealth from visitor spending to our communities. Every employee contributed as we raced to the deadline, all with the board of director’s support and encouragement,” said Jill Boggs, President & CEO of Visit Fort Wayne.
Visit Fort Wayne joins the ranks of only 200 destination organizations worldwide who have obtained the coveted DMAP designation.
Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown 2023
Be sure to mark your calendar for Be a Tourist In Your Own Hometown 2023: Sunday, September 10.
Twenty-one locations are giving Fort Wayne residents the opportunity to tour some of our city's top attractions for free!
Download and print your own Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown passport here, and on September 10, 2023, use the passport to gain FREE admission to the participating attractions.
Learn more at VisitFortWayne.com/BeATourist!
Advertise to Visitors in the 2024 Visitors Guide
Visit Fort Wayne has started production of the 2024 Fort Wayne Visitors Guide! Advertising in the Fort Wayne Visitors Guide and on VisitFortWayne.com is the best way to bring some of Fort Wayne’s 7 million annual visitors to your business. Over 70,000 copies of the Visitors Guide are mailed to people planning their trip to Fort Wayne, and copies are also available in area hotels, attractions, and venues to greet visitors when they arrive.
Current Partners - Look for your email from Emily Stuck, Director of Visitor and Partner Services, about renewing your previous ad placement in the coming weeks.
Volunteer Opportunities at Turnstone
Help Turnstone create possibilities for children and adults with disabilities by donating your time and talents! Local volunteers play an important role in hosting sports events in our community.
With no experience required for most needs, you can find the perfect fit for your interest and availability. A variety of ages and groups can be accommodated by request.
You can find the most up-to-date calendar of activities and sign up to volunteer here.
Visit Fort Wayne Launches New Mobile Pass
Visit Fort Wayne has launched the Allen County Historic Sites mobile pass - a free pass to access on your phone, guiding users through historic sites throughout our county.
Journey through time and discover the sites, landmarks, and people that made their mark on Fort Wayne history. Listen to the stories of these locations and compare historic photos with the modern scene before you. Explore more than 75 locations with this free mobile pass!
Sign up at VisitFortWayne.com/HistoricSites and start exploring!