The Indiana Tourism Conference agenda is subject to change.
Indiana Tourism Academy Graduates will present their final project to the Indiana Tourism Association Board.
Join Oswald Digital Marketing for an immersive experience where you'll dive into the art of crafting a compelling brand identity. From creating eye-catching creative to mapping out both organic and paid strategies, this workshop is a unique blend of information and hands-on practice. Don't just learn about branding – bring it to life and back to your community!
Join a Simpleview expert for a comprehensive conversation about Google Analytics 4 (GA4). This session will demystify GA4’s key features and provide an introduction tailored to beginners. Designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to get started with GA4, don't miss this opportunity to dive into the new metrics — like session count, engaged sessions, engagement rate and more — and learn how to communicate these features to your DMO team and partners.
Enjoy the complimentary opening reception at Comfort on Main Street in downtown Evansville. This unique, historic building in the heart of downtown will come to life with live music paired with a taste of Evansville's delicious food scene. Don't miss this opportunity to dance, dine, and network with your colleagues!
This event is free but requires registration.
Join lifelong Hoosier and award-winning author Philip Gulley as he shares how he has found beauty in the ordinary around Indiana. Through his years of traveling, speaking and writing, Philip's storytelling will charm attendees as he describes the everyday miracles he's encountered in our state.
Join this discussion that covers innkeepers tax collection, history of Indiana tourism on a statewide level and covers the alphabet soup of the industry.
Attendees will hear from the editors at Cincinatti Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Travel IN and Evansville Living. Each publication will discuss their perspectives on story pitches, deadlines and advertising.
First time visitors don’t think in destinations first, they think in personal interests first. Learn to talk in the language that entices a first-time visitor to your destination.
After years of talking to 10,000 travelers per year in a mobile visitors center Josiah Brown, or the New York Sherpa as he is called, has learned how to “Sherpa” interested travelers into new destinations. Find out what words, images and stories travelers respond to and how to position your destination to benefit from first time customers.
When it comes to brand and reputation management today, there seem to be more questions than answers. Pack your bags for a journey with Sam Rufo, President of nxtConcepts as she unveils the art and science behind successful brand and reputation management. Find out what not to do in a crisis. See best practices from brands that have built strong reputations by delivering on their brand promise and by engaging with their customers in meaningful ways. Finally, find out what the future holds and how to be prepared.
When you promote the same local festivals & special events year in and year out, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut! How can you freshen up your event marketing and entice new leisure travelers? Say goodbye to the same old same old. Leverage your special events in a new way, reach new audiences and welcome visitors to your destination in a way that will keep them coming back.
Designed for ITA colleagues to network and learn from one another on the topic of sales.
Hear an update from Indiana Destination Development Corporation's Secretary and CEO, Elaine Bedel.
The Putnam County Mural Project’s (PCMP) first outcome, in 2019, was Indiana’s largest mural. Six murals and a mural fest later, the rural county has made public art one of its main tourism and economic development drivers. The team’s latest partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission produced an 86-page guide on “Strategies for Public Art.” Join PCMP Committee Member Alexandra Chamberlain, and Putnam County Tourism Director Eric Freeman, to discuss how public art can be an accessible asset for your community too!
This session will introduce leaders to strategies and best practices that cultivate a compassionate Organization team and culture that fosters professionalism and productivity.
Designed for ITA colleagues to network and learn from one another on the topic of research.
Designed for ITA colleagues to network and learn from one another on the topic of public relations. Speaker Sam Rufo (from the Brand Management and Reputation Session) will join the discussion.
Both leisure and business travel have rebounded with impressive strength over the past year. However, recession tremors and persistent inflation loom large and threaten the continued recovery of travel. Zeek Coleman will share Tourism Economics’ latest views on the economy, the mindset of travelers, and expectations for the evolution of travel in the US and Indiana.
Destination marketing organization’s budgets are either “being attacked” or “about to be attacked”. We can’t just tell our story, now we have to sell our story. To move people you must be able to move them emotionally and be a compelling, reasonable and educated voice. Learn skills on effectively speaking as well as how to craft the message that you are bringing. This session will bring DI’s Tourism Lexicon alive while training you to think and perform like a professional speaker.
Attendees will get the opportunity to hear from Indiana association meeting planners on what they are looking for, challenges they are facing and ways local tourism entities can work together with them. These meetings planners focus on events for less than #300 attendees and prioritize Indiana destinations.
Designed for ITA colleagues to network and learn from one another on the topic of attractions.
Legislative update with Advocacy Chair, Jim Epperson, SoIN Tourism.
Breakfast for all attendees and optional roundtable discussion for communities in the path of the total solar eclipse.
Join colleagues from around the state to share plans for the 2024 eclipse.
Come learn from true innovators in our state as they share about how they have worked in their community to foster growth, partnership and collaborations.
Digital platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and TikTok are an integral part of the marketing landscape in the tourism industry. Hear from content creators at DMOs and attractions across Indiana about everything from content planning to video production and simple tips that can help you maximize your efforts on these important channels.
Events are essential to every destination. Hear from attractions, festival organizers and DMOs who each spearhead their own events. From planning to marketing to execution, attendees will hear the successes and challenges events bring.
Designed for organizations' executive staff to network and learn from one another. Speaker Jennifer Johnson (from Compassionate HR session) will join the conversation.
- Indiana State Festivals Association
- Simpleview Inc.
- Oswald Marketing
- Indiana Arts Commission
- Indiana Destination Development Corporation
- Travel Indiana Magazine
- Ohio Magazine/Long Weekends
- TwoSix Digital
- Advance Travel & Tourism
- Tucker Publishing Group
- Pulse Marketing
- Indiana University Indianapolis
- Market Street Group
- Bookkeeping Plus, Inc.
- Taylor Trusty