Request Your 2020 Visitors Guide
Visit Fort Wayne is pleased to announce the publication of our 2020 Official Visitors Guide, featuring 96 pages about our community's many attractions, museums, festivals, and arts & sports venues.
80,000 copies of the guide will be distributed from our Visitors Center to people who contact us, or through one of the hundreds of distribution locations in our region.The guide is also used in relocation packets by area businesses and real estate agents.
The Visitors Guide is just one of the many ways we promote Fort Wayne. Our website hosts 1.54 million visitors annually, our social media reaches tens of thousands every week, and our advertising campaign is viewed over 30 million times annually - all inviting people to visit Fort Wayne.
Thank you for helping us promote Fort Wayne to attract over 6.5 million visitors annually, who put $741 million directly into our local economy, sustaining over 14,198 jobs for our citizens and residents.
NOTE: If your organization or business has received Visitors Guides through our delivery service in the past, you can expect your delivery in the next two weeks. If you do not receive them by that time, or if you need a supply immediately, please contact the Visitors Center at email@example.com or (260) 424-3700.
Visit Fort Wayne Releases 2019 Annual Report
From new restaurants and lodging, to major conventions and sports tournaments, 2019 was an amazing year for growth in Fort Wayne's tourism industry.
In 2019, Visit Fort Wayne serviced thousands of leisure visitors, booked 35 future conventions and tournaments which will bring more than 64,272 visitors to our city, and hosted 47 travel writers.
At Visit Fort Wayne, our goal is to improve the quality of life for all our residents by promoting, attracting, and hosting visitors so we can derive the economic and social benefits of a prosperous tourism industry.
Learn more about Visit Fort Wayne's recent accomplishments and the value of tourism in our 2019 Annual Report.
2020 CONNECT Session
Join us for a FREE educational Connect Session on Wednesday, February 26, 2020!
Join Visit Fort Wayne as STR (Smith Travel Research) – the industry leader in data benchmarking, analytics, and marketplace insights – presents Connect with Travel Data on Wednesday, February 26 from 8-10 am.
Kelsey Fenerty - Research Analyst at STR, will discuss these topics:
- Hotel performance news
- Hospitality data insights
- Forecasts and trends
- 2020 Forecasting Report for Fort Wayne/Allen County
You will leave with a better understanding of our hospitality market, and our destination’s performance.
This Connect Session will take place at Parkview Mirro Center. Registration and breakfast begin at 8AM, with the event from 8:30 –10AM.
Savor Fort Wayne Wrap Up
The 7th annual Savor Fort Wayne, produced by Visit Fort Wayne, was a tremendous celebration of our Fort Wayne restaurant community!
Savor Fort Wayne ran from January 15-26, featuring 12 days of three-course menu deals around the city. 50 restaurants participated—including 10 new restaurants to the program—offering diners numerous options to choose from.
"This event not only highlights our diverse and wonderful local restaurants, but also provides an opportunity for diners to try new and favorite restaurants with special prix fixe menus,” said event organizer Emily Stuck. "Savor Fort Wayne continues to become more successful each year due to the hard work of the staff at Visit Fort Wayne, all the participating restaurants, our amazing sponsors, and continued community support."
In a Savor Fort Wayne survey, diners said that they visited three restaurants during the event and we saw 703,852 page visits to SavorFortWayne.com over the course of the event!
Be sure to mark your calendar for next year's Savor Fort Wayne: January 13-24, 2021.
NCAA Basketball in March 2020
Join the madness with two NCAA basketball events this March in Fort Wayne! Be a part of the 2020 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Regional March 20-21, and the 2020 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Regional March 28 & 30 both at the Memorial Coliseum.
NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Regional
The return of NCAA Division III Men's Basketball to Fort Wayne features a 7-game event over the two day period. Eight teams will travel to Fort Wayne for the quarterfinals and semifinals, with the two semifinal winners advancing to the National Championship Game in Atlanta. The NABC DIII Reese’s All Star Game will also take place on March 21. The event is hosted by the Memorial Coliseum, Manchester University, and Visit Fort Wayne.
All-session tickets are on sale now, or receive a discounted group rate by purchasing 10 or more tickets. Order group tickets here.
NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Regional
The Memorial Coliseum, in partnership with Purdue Fort Wayne and Visit Fort Wayne, will host an NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional, March 28 & 30. Four teams will compete, with the winner of the Regional Final advancing to the NCAA Women’s Final Four in New Orleans.
Visit Fort Wayne Travels
February has been a month of planning and growth as Visit Fort Wayne represents and promotes our city at conferences and trade shows.
At the beginning of February, Visit Fort Wayne's Director of Sales, Auvis Cole, attended Destinations International Sales & Services Summit in Washington D.C., a discipline-focused and cross-functional gathering of senior leadership dedicated to meetings and events. The focus was also on continuing education and current trends in the sales and services arena within the hospitality industry.
While in Washington D.C., Cole focused on creating awareness of our newest market segment in both multi-cultural and African American Associations for the purposes of recruiting these groups to Fort Wayne in the future.
Cole then traveled to Dallas, Texas to attend the Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA) and meet with meeting planners during pre-scheduled appointments over the 3-day conference.
At the end of February, Visit Fort Wayne alongside the Allen County Public Library, will represent Fort Wayne as a genealogy destination at RootsTech in Salt Lake City, Utah. RootsTech is an international family and ancestry discovery conference where Fort Wayne will be represented alongside genealogy giants such as Ancestry.com and 23andMe.
To complete the February travels, Visit Fort Wayne will also be representing our city as a Group Tours destination at Heartland Travel Showcase in Lansing, Michigan accompanied by a representative from Vera Bradley to promote the activities, events, and destinations that Fort Wayne has to offer to group travelers.