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Fewer people are traveling due to restrictions and concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. Tourism officials in the state say they’re watching the situation closely.

New Indiana Tourism Agency Gets First Leader

Nov 1, 2019
Courtesy of the 2019 CEO Talent Summit

Gov. Eric Holcomb is reshuffling agency leadership to fill a brand-new role in state government.

Holcomb this week named the first head of the state’s new tourism department.

Elaine Bedel will be the first secretary and CEO of the Indiana Destination Development Corporation. She’ll move over from her current role as head of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, a job she’s had since Holcomb took office in January 2017.

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Governor Whitmer has eliminated funding for Pure Michigan. It was one of almost 150 line-item vetoes Whitmer made before signing the new state budget.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk with Gongwer’s Alethia Kasben  about what that means for the state’s popular tourism campaign.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's state travel agency has kicked off a new marketing campaign to attract summer visitors.

The "Meanwhile in Michigan" campaign is building on a national cable advertising blitz that started in March. It will use radio, billboards, Chicago buses, TV and social media to get the message across.

It will target 20 Midwestern markets ranging as far as St. Louis, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Kentucky and Cincinnati. The Pure Michigan agency says the ads describe the state as a peaceful and scenic getaway from hectic daily routines.

Photo provided by Mike Franz of Visit South Bend Mishawaka

MISHAWAKA – Which member of WVPE’s team won an award this week?  Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!  Tom Labuzienski, an underwriting consultant with 88.1 WVPE Public Radio, received the honor as one of the “Faces of Tourism” at the 2018 Visit South Bend Mishawaka Tourism Awards Reception.  The award honors individuals dedicated to promoting the area and having "a positive impact"

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