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When someone asks me where I do for a living, I always say I work for a “tourism development organization.” Because that’s what we really do here. What were once  “tourism marketing organizations” are now economic development entities that spend a lot of time working with communities, businesses and attractions to help shape the “visitor product.”

But no matter how much emphasis we put on the visitor, it’s really about helping support community. We have a saying here: “Great places to live are great places to visit.” And that’s what the Responsible Tourism Congress came about. The Association of Indiana Convention and Visitors Bureaus is joining with the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau and a number of other organizations to host a conversation on how we as communities can embrace authentic, sustainable, “green” tourism. And tourism that’s sensitive to the communities we promote.

On October 8 & 9, Indiana tourism organizations, Main Street representatives, historic preservationists and community development specialists will join in conversation about “responsible tourism” at a congress being held at The Renaissance Hotel in Carmel. Anyone interested in building communities around tourism and tourism around communities is encouraged to attend. Day One is all about how we define what is “responsible” and how we embrace that responsibility in Indiana. Day Two is a toolkit for building responsible tourism communities.

If you’re interested in learning more, visit our web site at 8GreatTowns.com/responsibletourism.

We talk about this as a “conversation” because that’s what it is.


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We asked you to send us nominations on great customer service from around Hamilton County and you did!  For individuals, we received nominations for Rachel from the Westfield Historical Society, Cheresa at the Hilton Garden Inn Carmel, Robert at the Springhill Suites Carmel and Britni from the Renaissance Indianapolis/North.  Our committee chose Britni as the winner because of what the person nominating her had to say: Britini-Renaissance

Britni is one of the most dependable, consistent, and friendly associates at the Renaissance Hotel.  Just recently, a guest took the time to send a letter to the GM, Paul O’Conner, to compliment Britni’s dedication to service.  The guest said his arrival experience with Britni was “wonderful!” He told Mr. O’Conner how Britni upgraded him to the Club Lounge floor.  To his surprise and delight, when he arrived to his room at 4pm, Britni had two of his favorite beers delivered to his room with Britni’s compliments.  Britni treats everyone likes VIP and is highly respected around the hotel.

For the business nominations, the 2009 U.S. Senior Open Championship Committee, Kelties Restaurant and Peterson’s Restaurant were nominated, with Peterson’s winning the award.

Petersons Staff

My husband & I wanted to celebrate our anniversary in a special way, so we went to Peterson’s Restaurant.  From the moment we walked in, the hostess, wait staff, management and chef treated us like royalty. The food was cooked perfectly and came out without any lag time.  As the staff walked by they greeted us with a “Happy Anniversary!” they also brought out a (free) chocolate fudge type of cake at the end – it was so good.  Overall, the ambiance, food and service made for a perfect Anniversary.

Thank you to those that made nominations. Congrats to both the winners and as well as all the nominees.  Excellent service is what makes Hamilton County, Indiana a great place to visit!

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Each day in Hamilton County, Indiana restaurant servers, hotel staff, shop owners and others go out of their way to provide extraordinary help to a guest visiting the community.  Whether it’s as simple as giving directions or an above-and-beyond act of kindness, Hamilton County tour and travel professionals know the importance of providing great hospitality.

Each quarter, we recognize a business as well as an individual for all their hard work in making the 8 Great Towns of Hamilton County a great place to live AND visit.  Nominees are recognized for their dedication to superior hospitality in Hamilton County with one STAR named in each of the 3 categories (individual, non-profit and tourism business). If you have experienced STAR service, nominate your Tourism STAR today!  All nominations for the 3rd Quarter Star Award are due September 2.

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Last week a group of about 30 people gathered around the front of the Museum of Miniature Houses in the Carmel Arts & Design District to celebrate all that is coming to the Museum.   My favorite part?  The miniature groundbreaking display that they set up (there was mini dirt, shovels, trucks – they thought of it all!), check out the pictures:

Look!  Even miniature shovels - they thought of it all!

Look! Even miniature shovels - they thought of it all!

Breaking ground

Breaking ground


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Today is the first day of the 2009 Indiana State Fair and to celebrate this exciting event we are having a contest!   The prize for this contest is 4 round-trip tickets to ride the WFMS State FairTrain presented by KeyBank (valued at $52.00).  These tickets are valid for any of the scheduled FairTrain trips from August 7-23.  Admission tickets for the State Fair can be purchased on the train or at the gate.

SO – to win these 4 round-trip WFMS State FairTrain tickets, please correctly answer the following question in the comments section- by 3:30 p.m. today (August 7, 2009)! I will keep comments hidden until the end of the contest and then we will randomly select the winner from a hat.

QUESTION:  What is the signature food of the 2009 Indiana State Fair?

For more information on the WFMS State FairTrain visit the following website: itm.org.

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I was reading the 2009 US Senior Open Twitter page and read that Pete & Alice Dye will have an autograph session on Friday & Saturday from 2 – 3 p.m – they will be in the merchandise tent.  Very cool!

If you are on Twitter, follow them for behind the scenes inside scoop of all the action (and follow us too!).  2009 US Senior Open: http://twitter.com/09USSeniorOpen.  Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns: http://twitter.com/8GreatTowns.

Here are a few of their tweets from today:

At 12:48 p.m.:

Eichelberger just eagled 15 with a sand wedge – 84 yards!

At 1:32 p.m.:

Loren Roberts in the flash area doing a post-round interview. He and Tom Lehman both posted 4-under rounds of 68.

At 2:43 p.m.:

Joey Sindelar just finishing up his post-round interview in media center – excited about the big crowds and a great golf course!

At 2:53 p.m.:

Shark sighting in the media center! Greg Norman commends the USGA for a great course setup, says conditions were ideal for scoring today.

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1. Buy tickets to watch great golf at the 2009 US Senior Open at Crooked Stick in Carmel.  Don’t forget that children 18 and under get in FREE! – Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2.

Fionn MacCool's in Fishers

Fionn MacCool's in Fishers

2. Meet with family and friends at Clay Terrace in Carmel for a live performance by Jimmy the Doorman. – Friday, July 31.

3. While the guys are watching the 2009 US Senior Open on the tv, gather gal pals for a day of shopping at Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville.

4. Hire a babysitter and go wine tasting at the Art of Wine event in the Carmel Arts & Design District – Saturday, August 1.

5. Discover your inner Irishman while dining on corned beef & cabbage at Fionn MacCools Irish Pub & Restaurant in Fishers.

6. If the 2009 Senior Open inspires you, spend a day playing golf at Wood Wind Golf Club in Westfield.

7. Watch the movie Legend of Bagger Vance while sitting under the stars at Clay Terrace in Carmel. – Saturday, August 1.

8. Travel back in time to attend “A Farm Wedding” at Conner Prairie in Fishers. – Sunday, August 2.

*Visit us online at 8GreatTowns.com for more details on the activities above and other weekend fun ideas!

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