Dan O'Connell Announces Retirement after 33 Years at Visit Fort Wayne

Dan O'Connell

Current President/CEO Dan O’Connell announced his retirement, effective December 31, 2021, after 33 years at Visit Fort Wayne. 

"It has been an honor and privilege to have worked with so many wonderful people over the years,” says O’Connell. “I’ve seen our city and county grow into a major destination for conventions, tradeshows, tournaments, and leisure visitors. It's been great to be a part of it.”

Board President Kelly Updike adds, “We as a community are grateful for Dan’s leadership and vision in growing Visit Fort Wayne into a tourism powerhouse. It is now important for us as the board of directors to continue Dan’s fine legacy by finding the best person possible to lead Visit Fort Wayne in its next chapter.”

Summer Advertising by Visit Fort Wayne

Summer Leisure Advertising Summary

Visit Fort Wayne brings leisure visitors to Allen County to enjoy our attractions, recreation, hotels, restaurants, and events. We spend the majority of our advertising dollars during summer months, when kids are out of school and families are looking for getaway opportunities.

We advertise Fort Wayne in cities located 50-150 miles from Fort Wayne through print, radio, TV, and digital methods. Click here to see our 2021 Summer Leisure Advertising Summary.

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Visit Fort Wayne Welcomes Jazmin Zavala as New Sports Sales Manager

Visit Fort Wayne is excited to announce the addition of Jazmin Zavala as our new Sports Sales Manager. 

Jazmin will bring her knowledge and expertise to our team with her background in sales and personal experiences with sports and events. She will work with national sports events, selling Fort Wayne as a competitive destination for their tournaments and events.

Welcome Jazmin!


Savor Fort Wayne 2022

Restaurant Registration Open for Savor Fort Wayne 2022

Savor Fort Wayne restaurant week returns January 12 - 23, 2022! 

Registration is now available for restaurants who are interested in participating in Savor Fort Wayne 2022. Sign up here, or for more information contact Emily Stuck at emily@visitfortwayne.com or 260-424-3700. Restaurant registration will run through mid-December.

All participating restaurants will have their name and menu featured on  SavorFortWayne.com which sees over 700,000 pageviews over the course of the event!


Current Holiday Events

Submit Your Holiday & 2022 Events

Submit your holiday events and upcoming 2022 community events to Current Fort Wayne! 

As Fort Wayne's comprehensive community calendar of events, Current Fort Wayne provides information on sports, arts, entertainment, and educational events to the community.

When you submit, your event will be eligible to appear on several other community calendars (where applicable)—including Visit Fort Wayne, Downtown Improvement District, Living Fort Wayne, YLNI, Welcoming Fort Wayne, Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, Arts United, and more.

Need help? Watch our step-by-step video below for assistance. You can also view our event guidelines and photo submission guide here, or contact our Visitors Services Specialist at info@visitfortwayne.com or 260-424-3700.


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Shop local brands, artisans, and Fort Wayne merchandise at the Fort Wayne Visitors Center's online store! 

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