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Oktoberfest returns to Crown Point's downtown square

Oktoberfest returns to Crown Point's downtown square

Enjoy live entertainment, a chili cook-off, a pie eating contest, a bean bag tournament and more during Crown Point’s Oktoberfest. The annual festival will take over the square from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

September 28, 2014 12:00 am
Covered Bridge Harvest Fest offers all things pumpkin, family fun

Covered Bridge Harvest Fest offers all things pumpkin, family fun

Enjoy all things pumpkin, including pumpkin decorating, pumpkin bowling and pumpkin putt-putt golf; hay rides; a car show; live entertainment; food, arts and crafts vendors; and living history presentations by Company B 20th Regiment Indiana Infantry Civil War re-enactors at a Civil War enca…

September 21, 2014 12:00 am
Exceptional service celebrated during R.O.S.E. Awards

Exceptional service celebrated during R.O.S.E. Awards

Celebrate exceptional guest service on Sept. 24 at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority’s annual Recognition of Service Excellence (R.O.S.E.) Awards dinner. The dinner, hosted at Avalon Manor in Hobart, will honor 12 R.O.S.E. Awards recipients and three Recognition of Industry S…

September 14, 2014 12:00 am
Space Race Run/Walk features laser light shows, simulator tours

Space Race Run/Walk features laser light shows, simulator tours

Join the Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana on the Purdue University Calumet campus in Hammond at 9 a.m. Sept. 21 for the Space Race 5K Run/2K Walk. Participants will be able to vote for their favorite school or organization to receive a free Family Science Night. This is a Calu…

September 07, 2014 12:00 am
Wacky fun reigns at Downtown Hammond Council’s Bizarre Bazaar

Wacky fun reigns at Downtown Hammond Council’s Bizarre Bazaar

Explore arts and crafts, a car and motorcycle show, kids’ games and art activities, the Stuff-a-Palooza Garage Sale and more during the Downtown Hammond Council’s ninth annual Bizarre Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at historic Harrison Park in downtown Hammond. For more information, …

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
County Line Orchard to open for season Sept. 6

County Line Orchard to open for season Sept. 6

County Line Orchard will open for the season Sept. 6. Visitors can enjoy numerous attractions, including apple and pumpkin U-pick fields, corn mazes, a kids’ farm, the County Line Orchard Kitchen and bakery. Visit www.countylineorchard.com.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
Jasper County Fall Festival offers entertainment next weekend

Jasper County Fall Festival offers entertainment next weekend

Experience the Jasper County Fall Festival this Friday through Aug. 24 at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Rensselaer and enjoy numerous events and activities. Entertainment includes live music, a demo derby, mud drags and tractor pulls. Attendees will also enjoy craft, antique and home déco…

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
Lubeznik Center for the Arts presents Lakefront Art Festival

Lubeznik Center for the Arts presents Lakefront Art Festival

Explore two-dimensional art, fine craft, jewelry, photography, sculptural objects and wearable art during the Lubeznik Center for the Arts Lakefront Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 at Washington Park, 10 On The Lake in Michigan City.

August 10, 2014 12:00 am
ROSE Awards nominations of employees due Aug. 28

ROSE Awards nominations of employees due Aug. 28

South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority is accepting nominations for the annual ROSE Awards through Aug. 28.

August 03, 2014 12:00 am
Paint the Parks art exhibit to open Friday at welcome center

Paint the Parks art exhibit to open Friday at welcome center

Paint the Parks, a traveling exhibit highlighting U.S.A.’s national parks through art, will open at the Indiana Welcome Center on Friday, and run through Sept. 26. During the exhibit, visitors will see approximately 100 paintings of landscapes, wildlife, seashores, monuments, historic sites …

July 27, 2014 12:00 am
Celebrate Whiting’s heritage at Pierogi Fest

Celebrate Whiting’s heritage at Pierogi Fest

The three-day Pierogi Fest will take over downtown Whiting’s 119th Street on Friday through July 27. Enjoy a weekend full of delicious pierogi, five stages of entertainment, the International Polka Parade, a pierog toss, a pierog eating contest and more. Visit www.pierogifest.net.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am
Contests promote Visiting Friends and Relatives campaign

Contests promote Visiting Friends and Relatives campaign

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority is teaming up with five local media outlets to promote VFRs, Visiting Friends and Relatives through contests.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
South Shore Regional Car Show rolls in Thursday

South Shore Regional Car Show rolls in Thursday

The South Shore Regional Car Show from 3  to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Fair Oaks Farms will feature hundreds of antique and classic cars, a DJ and music, an appearance by Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders and the Colts In Motion traveling museum, a beer garden, a performance by the National Anthem…

July 06, 2014 12:00 am
Celebrate holiday weekend at Cedar Lake Summerfest

Celebrate holiday weekend at Cedar Lake Summerfest

Celebrate the Independence Day weekend at the annual Cedar Lake Summerfest at the Park of the Rec Cedars, 7408 Constitution Ave. Attendees can enjoy live entertainment, amusement rides, games and contests, a car show, fireworks and much more Thursday through July 6. Admission is free and par…

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
Air show parking, tour tickets, hotel packages now available

Air show parking, tour tickets, hotel packages now available

Parking tickets, Fair Oaks Farms tour tickets and hotel packages for the South Shore Air Show on July 11-13 are now available. Create a weekend getaway and purchase parking passes for the Air Show by visiting www.southshoreairshow.com. Parking passes can also be purchased at the Indiana Welc…

June 22, 2014 12:00 am
Area drive-in to screen Jimmy Buffett concert with nationwide audience

Area drive-in to screen Jimmy Buffett concert with nationwide audience

Join the 49er Drive-In in Valparaiso as it presents Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band for a Live at the Drive-In Music Series show Thursday from Fort Worth, Tex.

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
Fair Oaks Farms breaks ground on Pork Education Center

Fair Oaks Farms breaks ground on Pork Education Center

Representatives from Fair Oaks Farms and Belstra Milling recently gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Pork Education Center.

June 01, 2014 12:00 am
On your mark, get set. . .to cheer on triathletes in Hammond

On your mark, get set. . .to cheer on triathletes in Hammond

Triathletes will descend upon Hammond’s Wolf Lake Memorial Park, 2938 Calumet Ave., for the annual Leon’s Triathlon. Athletes will swim, bike and run their way to the finish line during this Olympic-distance race. The public is invited to check out triathlon gear vendors during Demo Day from…

May 18, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Tourism is putting NWI on map

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Tourism is putting NWI on map

National Tourism Week, May 3 through May 11, recognizes the impact travel and tourism has on our nation. In Lake County alone, tourism is a $1.62 billion industry, creating jobs and supporting local businesses. But with so many destinations, how does a visitor choose the perfect location for…

May 04, 2014 12:00 am
SSCVA pitches region's attractions in Chicago

SSCVA pitches region's attractions in Chicago

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority recently attended the International Pow Wow trade show at McCormick Place in Chicago. Through the exhibition and Media Marketplace, various attractions were pitched to international and national group and leisure tour buyers and media represe…

April 27, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Evaluate us by results, not personality

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Evaluate us by results, not personality

A recent editorial by The Times was a wake-up call about my part in the ongoing saga of the "children of tourism." The conduct of those in my industry is reprehensible, and for my part in that, I apologize.

October 13, 2013 12:05 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: What has Northwest Indiana done to attract tourists?

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: What has Northwest Indiana done to attract tourists?

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority will be 30 years old on July 1. Throughout my tenure as president/CEO of the organization, we have led the region's hospitality industry in a wide array of issues, and I can assure you we have no intention of resting on our laurels now.

May 05, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Tourists view Northwest Indiana as one region

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Tourists view Northwest Indiana as one region

One Region inspires leaders to think regionally and beyond their boundaries. It aims to get our communities to use the limited resources of tax money and time to maximize economic development and job creation.

October 21, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Tourism efforts in region pay dividends

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Tourism efforts in region pay dividends

This week is National Tourism week. As residents and taxpayers of the South Shore, please take a moment to consider the importance of the hospitality industry and its positive economic impact to the economy.

May 06, 2012 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Unified regional voice will propel travel, tourism

GUEST COMMENTARY: Unified regional voice will propel travel, tourism

Indiana's South Shore, the area between Chicago and New Buffalo, offers attractions, beaches along the Lake Michigan shoreline, restaurants and thousands of hotel rooms for travelers. More than $247 million in wages (in the Lake County alone) are directly dependent on the hospitality industr…

February 19, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Statewide smoking ban could boost tourism

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Statewide smoking ban could boost tourism

As the voice of Northwest Indiana's hospitality industry, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority once again will head to Indianapolis to support smoke-free Indiana legislation.

October 30, 2011 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Ask school board to wait until Labor Day

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Ask school board to wait until Labor Day

Aug. 11, 2011. That is when Griffith students returned to school. Can you imagine? The economic impact of earlier and earlier school start dates has negative consequences on our families, local businesses and the hospitality industry.

September 04, 2011 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Rediscover NWI's wonderful attractions

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Rediscover NWI's wonderful attractions

As residents and taxpayers of the South Shore, we've learned the importance of the hospitality industry and depend on its positive impact to the economy. We can also see the difference when travel decreases, occupancy rates go down, once-thriving restaurants close and parking lots become vac…

May 01, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Visitors create jobs, sustain region's economy

Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Festival of the Lakes in Hammond, Hometown Festival Days in Crown Point and Gary's South Shore Air Show bring in hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. These destination events represent and improve the overall image of the South Shore. Providing safe, fun and …

November 07, 2010 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Tourism marketing efforts have gone digital

In order to further entrench our organization in digital and online marketing, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority eliminated the annual (printed), 64-page Visitor's Guide. It was a difficult decision, but we realized a printed guide was never going to be dynamic or "real time"…

June 06, 2010 12:00 am

Sports marketing brings visitors to the region

Now, more than ever, American families are cutting traditional leisure travel from their budgets and rethinking major purchasing decisions. The recent AP-Gfk poll reported only 42 percent of American's will take a leisure trip this summer and one-third of those surveyed have already canceled…

May 17, 2009 12:00 am

Regional bus service offers poor investment

In these poor economic times, shouldn't the region focus on job creation? Shouldn't economic stimulus organizations be advocating projects that put our citizens back to work in order to create a healthier economy?

January 12, 2009 12:00 am

Keep tabs on hospitality bills in Legislature

As the 2009 legislative session nears, there will be much talk about policies and programs to improve South Shore communities.

October 26, 2008 12:00 am

This year's air show will be the best ever

Many residents might not realize the historic significance of aviation to the beaches of Lake Michigan. More than 100 years ago, before the steel mills and tourism existed in Indiana, the Grandfather of Flight, Octave Chanute, successfully tested his flying machine on the sand dunes of Marqu…

July 02, 2008 12:00 am

Businesses see wisdom of our tourism strategy

The cost of gasoline is impacting the prices of everything we consume and changing how families prioritize financial decisions.

May 11, 2008 12:00 am

Supporting airport, airline is vital to growth

As oil prices climb and we are faced with rising costs of consumer goods and services, we all must adjust our spending habits.

March 30, 2008 12:00 am

South Shore extensions would benefit Olympic bid, create commerce for NWI

One of the responsibilities of the president of the Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau is to look to the future. While there are many pressing current issues, I still spend some time each day thinking of what the South Shore of 10 to 15 years from now could be like, and how I can hel…

January 20, 2008 12:00 am

Convention center would help bring jobs, dollars

There has been much talk about a proposed convention center in Lake County.

October 21, 2007 12:00 am

We're making Gary's South Shore Air Show even better

The beaches of Lake Michigan's "south shore" are being prepared to host more than 500,000 visitors for the thrilling air show performances of Gary's South Shore Air Show on Saturday and Sunday. Through the partnership of the City of Gary, the Gary Jet Center and the Lake County Convention an…

July 11, 2007 12:00 am

Customer drives tourism market here

During the past year there has been much discussion about regionalism and the need for increased cooperation in order to maximize economic development through tourism. The Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Indiana's second largest travel/tourism organization, has long advocated tha…

May 13, 2007 12:00 am

Take these actions before raising taxes

Hometowns don't matter, at least in Lake County.

January 21, 2007 12:00 am

Look to the future instead of being shackled by past

What will it take for our communities to be attractive enough to keep our children here? What are the opportunities our counties have missed for 40 years? Will Northwest Indiana keep doing what it always has done and allow itself to be consumed by parochialism and turf protection? Or will it…

September 12, 2006 12:00 am

Convention center will be economic boon

In the coming months, there will be discussion about building a convention center or multi-use facility in Lake County. On behalf of the $837 million hospitality industry and its 25,000 employees, the Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau will strongly advocate this project.

May 14, 2006 12:00 am

New slogan will get tourists' motors running

"Restart Your Engines" was born out of hundreds of hours of research. This included spending time with consumers in key markets such as Chicago, Cincinnati, Louisville and Indiana.

May 03, 2006 12:00 am

Gary should be less eager to give abatements

The Gary City Council's stated policy is to grant residential property tax abatement to anyone seeking to build a home in Gary.

July 08, 2005 12:00 am

Northwest Indiana slow to adapt to changing economy

President/CEO, Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau,

May 07, 2000 12:00 am

Lake County must unite for economic benefit

President and CEO, Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Merrillville

January 31, 1999 12:00 am

Every citizen can be a tourism ambassador

Lake County attractions bring more than 18 million people to the county each

May 04, 1997 12:00 am

Editorial Advisory Board. Lake County's 'invisible

Today kicks off National Tourism Week, a seven day celebration of the

May 05, 1996 12:00 am
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