A few weeks ago, at a ceremony in Indianapolis, Dan O’Connell, President and CEO of Visit Fort Wayne, was honored with the Indiana Tourism Association’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.

The Distinguished Service Award celebrates one individual annually who has assisted in developing, promoting and protecting Indiana's tourism industry – using their position and influence to ensure the success of Indiana tourism assets.

Dan was chosen for this honor in his 30th year of service at Visit Fort Wayne. His nomination included a letter from Mayor Tom Henry who complimented Dan on his role in crafting Fort Wayne’s story and attracting visitors to experience Fort Wayne’s momentum firsthand. Fort Wayne has become a regional destination in large part to Dan’s role in growing our tourism product and increasing demand for more hotels. 

Almost 250 tourism leaders from around the state came to the Indiana Tourism Conference for networking and educational sessions over the three-days. For more information, visit www.IndianaTourismAssociation.com.

Interview Requests:

Dan O'Connell, Visit Fort Wayne, 260-424-3700

Carrie Lambert, Executive Director of the Indiana Tourism Association

carrie@IndianaTourismAssociation.com, 317.902.4557


Visit Fort Wayne, the Fort Wayne/Allen County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the not-for-profit 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.


Kristen Guthrie
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
(260) 424-3700