Name of Founders
The first Board of Directors was: William Taylor, Klaus Baumann, John Greenlaw, Carl Garwood, Gerald Cramer, Howard Smith, Jerry Fink
Lee Dabagia was early founder and Board attorney
Description of Business/Products/Services:
A convention and visitor’s bureau (CVB) is an organization charged with managing a specific geographic area as a visitor destination, thereby improving the local economy through increased visitor spending, creation of jobs and expansion of the local tax base.
The LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau (LPCCVB) was created by state statute in 1979 and serves the entire County of LaPorte as a special purpose governmental unit.
Important moments with dates
- Promotion of Agri-Tourism – 1983
- Regional marketing partnership with the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission (NITDC) – 1991
- First Great Lakes Grand Prix- 2008
- Destination Marketing Association International Member – 2006
The purpose of the organization in 1979 was to promote the development and growth on the convention and tourism industry and recreation in LaPorte County.
Early 80’s promotions were based on fishing on Lake Michigan and agri-tourism, plus some promotion of our destinations like: Old Lighthouse Museum, Barker Mansion, Washington Park Zoo, Beaches, Hesston Steam Museum. Other areas that were marketed were outdoor activities and attracting tour buses for day trips highlighting museums, antiquing and dining.
Today the dynamic of the traveler has changed and has gone from tour bus day tripper to conferences, small groups and families taking several short trips or get-away weekends each year. The CVB still promotes the original attractions, however today because of our great community partners we can add several new hotels. Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, Lighthouse Place Premium Outlet and unique dining and shopping are heavily marketed as we. Also, we have seen an increase in family travel due to Travel Sports.
Annual direct and indirect visitor spending has increased over the past 25 years from $90 million to approximately $670 million added economic impact to our local communities and businesses.