The American Gothic House Center received the Outstanding Tourism Experience award for 2013 from the Iowa Tourism Office. The award recognizes the Center’s efforts to provide quality service and memorable experiences for visitors to the national landmark.
The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented 20 awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry last week in Waterloo during the 2013 Iowa Tourism Conference. “These awards offer a great way to publicly recognize the hard-working, dedicated and passionate individuals who help grow Iowa’s tourism economy,” said Iowa Tourism Office Manager Shawna Lode.
The American Gothic House Center was also awarded a Professional Development grant from the Iowa Tourism Office. This grant will provide funding for a social media intern from the Social and Digital Communications Department at Indian Hills Community College.
The annual Iowa Tourism Conference brings together more than 250 industry representatives from across the state to network, attend educational sessions and discuss emerging industry trends.
Tourism in Iowa generates more than $7.6 billion in expenditures, employs 64,400 people statewide and generates $841.3 million in state taxes. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.