Thursday, August 27, 2015

2016 Tourism Marketing Grant Winners

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Media Contact:

Julie Warren,, 812-330-4304

Bloomington, Ind. - 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. 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 2016 winners are:

  • Limestone Comedy Festival (June 2-4): $5,000
  • Kiwanis Club of South Central Indiana Balloon Festival (September 11-13): $4,500
  • Artisan Guilds of Bloomington Holiday Show (November 6-7): $4,400
  • Middle Coast Film Festival (mid-August): $4,200
  • Arts Fair on the Square (June 18): $4,000
  • Lotus World Music & Arts Festival (mid-September): $3,700
  • USA International Harp Competition (June 8-18): $3,000
  • Hoosier Half Marathon (April 9): $3,000
  • Art & Soul Juried Art Show (April 2): $2,500
  • Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival (early August): $2,000
  • Cardinal Stage Company holiday show (late December-early January): $1,500
  • Hillbilly Haiku (Labor Day weekend): $1,500
  • Raas Royalty (March 4-5): $700

"This grant continues to be competitive, with new events applying each year and former grant winners looking for new markets and innovative ways to reach audiences," explains Julie Warren, Director of Tourism for Visit Bloomington. "This grant is providing opportunities for audience development for each event but also overall growth to the local tourism industry, which will impact more than just these events."

About Visit Bloomington: Visit Bloomington is the destination marketing organization for Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana. Visit Bloomington works alongside local partners to deliver information on events, attractions and accommodations to future visitors, positively impacting the local economy and culture through tourism development.