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08/27/2015   2016 Tourism Marketing Grant Winners

Visit Bloomington has announced the winners of its tourism marketing grant funding for 2016 events. In its eighth year, the grant program will provide $40,000 to 13 organizations for events taking place throughout 2016. The grant was developed to help promote and enhance new and existing events through marketing and advertising, targeting audiences outside a 50-mile radius of Monroe County. ... more

08/05/2015   Bloomington Welcomes Prestigious Travel Journalist & Tourism Industry Conference Travel Media Showcase Set for Bloomington August 11-14, 2015

Bloomington will host Travel Media Showcase, a national conference that will bring in approximately 175 prestigious travel journalists and tourism industry representatives from North America next week. The conference will be held at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center and will consist of one-on-one appointments, local and regional press tours and numerous networking events at various Bloomington attractions. ... more

05/27/2015   Visit Bloomington Honors Tourism Award Winners

Visit Bloomington is excited to celebrate the accomplishments of its 2015 Tourism Award Winners. Winners were honored at a ceremony on May 21, 2015. ... more

05/07/2015   Visit Bloomington Celebrates Tourism Industry

Visit Bloomington is excited to celebrate the local travel and tourism industry with the annual Tourism Week, May 18-22, 2015. This year’s celebration will feature activities and programs that highlight the importance of tourism to the local economy and help local residents become more aware of what the community has to offer. ... more

03/06/2015   Visit Bloomington Announces 2016 Special Event Grant Program

$40,000 in marketing funds will be available for Bloomington area festivals or events set to take place in 2016. ... more

02/24/2015   Enjoy Spring Break in Bloomington, Ind.

Spring break isn’t just for swim trunks and seashells. While many families head south for the sunshine, just as many choose to travel to exciting destinations throughout the country. And there’s no city more perfectly suited for a spring break getaway than Bloomington, Indiana. ... more

11/14/2014   2015 Tourism Marketing Grant Winners

Visit Bloomington has announced the winners of its tourism marketing grant funding for 2015. In its seventh year, the grant program will provide close to $33,000 to 15 different organizations for events taking place throughout 2015. ... more

10/21/2014   Visit Bloomington Launches "Cities of the Big Ten" Collaborative Website

Visit Bloomington has partnered with other Big Ten Conference cities on a new website called Cities of the Big Ten (www.citiesofthebigten.com). The site is designed to promote the destinations that represent the member institutions of the Big Ten Conference to visiting fans. ... more

08/20/2014   Bloomington Awarded Prestigious Travel Journalist & Tourism Industry Conference Travel Media Showcase Set for Bloomington in August 2015

Bloomington has been selected as the host destination for Travel Media Showcase, a national conference that will bring in approximately 175 prestigious travel journalists and tourism industry representatives from North America next year. ... more

08/07/2014   Labor Day Weekend in Bloomington

Bloomington, IN – Labor Day Weekend in Bloomington will be filled with special events and special hotel deals, making it an ideal getaway ... more

02/17/2014   Monroe County Touting Tourism

A study released by Visit Bloomington suggests the area's tourism industry supported more than 4,100 jobs in 2013. The organization says the industry also accounted for an increase in sales in 2013. ... more

01/21/2014   Visit Bloomington Publishes New Visitors Guide and Videos

Visit Bloomington recently published the 2014 Bloomington Visitors Guide, making several updates to the style and function of the piece. The new guide contains more editorial content, dynamic photography, an easy-to-use map and many new listings for tourism partners. They have also launched a new video contest on Facebook, which will feature a new video each month and encourage viewers to share with their friends and fans. ... more

11/16/2013   Visit Bloomington for Holiday Shopping and Celebrations!

This holiday season is a great time to plan a visit to Bloomington, when the city will be filled with festive celebrations, unique shopping and holiday cheer. Major events include Canopy of Lights, The Nutcracker ballet and a theater production of Willy Wonka. ... more

11/15/2013   Bloomington Wins National Tourism and Arts Promotion Award

Visit Bloomington and the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) recently won the 2013 Arts Destination Marketing Award presented annually to destination marketing organizations and local arts agencies that work collaboratively using the arts to market their community as a travel destination. ... more

05/04/2013   Tourism is Big Business in Bloomington

Each year, over a million visitors travel to the Bloomington area to experience the arts, culture, recreation, food and collegiate events that abound in this community. These million visitors spend around $279 million each year, on things like lodging, food and drink, entertainment and retail. Their visits support nearly 8,000 jobs in Monroe County. Tourism is a major industry in this community, and one of the top ten employers in Indiana. And all these visitors add up to big business. ... more

05/18/2012   Visit Bloomington Publishes New LGBT Guide and Upgraded Mobile Site

Visit Bloomington, has recently published a new visitors guide specifically for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. This coincides with the recent upgrade of the VisitBloomington.com mobile site. The two marketing tools add new and updated ways to reach visitors. ... more

05/17/2012   Quarry Tour Part of Limestone Month Activities

June has been designated as Limestone Month and this coming June is filled with special activities and events to celebrate the heritage, industry and artistry of limestone. Visit Bloomington is promoting activities within Monroe and Lawrence Counties. One of the highlights of the month is a tour of an active quarry. This is a rare opportunity, as quarries are not readily accessible to visitors. ... more

05/17/2012   Taste of Bloomington Set to Bring Local Flavor and Music

The 2012 Taste of Bloomington will once again be bringing local restaurants together for a festival of flavor. Last year, the Taste expanded its site at Bloomington's Showers Common, providing more restaurants and music to enjoy. The Taste takes place on Saturday, June 23rd from 3pm-11pm. ... more

05/02/2012   Vote Bloomington -- Best for Food

From now until May 15 people can log on to www.bestoftheroad.com and vote for the “best of” in five different categories. Visit Bloomington has joined the contest and is encouraging people to vote for Bloomington in the “Best for Food” category. ... more

11/14/2011   Bloomington Selected to Host Three Northern National Softball Tournaments in 2013 ASA Girls' 12-Under, 18-Under Northern National Championships to be played over two consecutive weeks

An ongoing partnership between the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department and the Bloomington Monroe County Convention and Visitors Bureau has resulted in Bloomington being selected to host three northern national softball tournaments in 2013. ... more

11/04/2011   2012 Tourism Marketing Grant Winners

Visit Bloomington has announced the winners of its tourism marketing grant funding for 2012. In its fourth year, the grant program will provide up to $30,000 to eight different organizations for events taking place throughout 2012. The grant was developed to help promote and enhance new and existing events through advertising, website development, and other methods geared at audiences outside a 50-mile radius of Monroe County. ... more

05/13/2011   Tourism Industry Celebrated in Bloomington

As part of a week-long program to celebrate the local tourism industry, the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted a reception on May 12 at The Bishop in downtown Bloomington. The reception was attended by local tourism industry professionals and awards were presented to organizations and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, initiative, and collaboration in the last year. ... more

 

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In the 30s and 40s, limestone from the area built the Empire State Building...more

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