Friday, November 14, 2014

2015 Tourism Marketing Grant Winners

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For immediate release
November 14, 2014

Media Contact:
Julie Warren,, 812-330-4304 

Bloomington, Ind. -- 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. 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. Each application was judged on a variety of criteria, including ability to draw attendees from outside Monroe County, ability to increase hotel occupancy, and placement of event during non-peak times of the year. The 2015 winners are:

  • IU Cinema's Orson Welles Centennial Celebration and Symposium (April 29-May 2) - $5,000
  • Limestone Comedy Festival (June 4-6) - $4,600
  • Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival (January 29-31) - $4,000
  • Hoosier Half Marathon (April 18) - $3,700
  • Artisan Guilds of Bloomington Holiday Show (November 20-21) - $3,000
  • Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Festival (September 10-13) - $2,500
  • Arts Fair on the Square (June 20) - $2,000
  • Lotus World Arts and Music Festival (September 24-27) - $1,500
  • Open Studios Tour (June 5-7) - $1,500
  • Raas Royalty (February 21) - $1,000
  • Cardinal Stage Company Holiday Show (December 18-27) - $1,000
  • WFHB's Acoustic Roots Festival (May 23) - $750
  • Great Glass Pumpkin Patch (October 9-10) - $750
  • Upland Brewing Company's Hillbilly Haiku (August 28) - $750
  • Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival (TBD) - $750

"It is exciting to see some new events participating in the grant program, and we have some established events that are reaching out to new markets," says Julie Warren, Director of Tourism at Visit Bloomington. "That's what this program is all about: helping to grow tourism and bring in new visitors to increase the economic impact on the area."

About Visit Bloomington: Visit Bloomington actively markets and sells the destination brand experience through targeted and industry partnered strategies resulting in increased visitor spending and enhanced community well-being and resident quality of life.