Indianapolis presents highest tourism award

Indianapolis presents highest tourism award

Visit Indy’s annual State of Tourism event presented former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos player Peyton Manning on Wednesday to receive Visit Indy’s highest tourism award.

Peyton Williams Manning is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League, primarily with the Indianapolis Colts

More than 1,200 city professionals watched at Visit Indy announced the city had a record number of visitors in 2017  Peyton said Indianapolis gave as much back to him as he gave to Indianapolis.

Manning talked about how much Indianapolis has grown since he first came here 20 years ago. “My first year in Indy, I lived downtown. I lived at the old Indianapolis Athletic Club … free laundry, free room service … and I spent a lot of time downtown and used to go eat at the old Palomino grill, and, of course, St. Elmos, but to see the development of this city and especially downtown has really been phenomenal.”

A record 28.8 million people visited Indianapolis in 2017, generating a $5.4 billion in economic impact.

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Author: Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

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