October 31, 2014
The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented 24 awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry recently in Council Bluffs during the 2014 Iowa Tourism Conference. The Danish Windmill received the Outstanding Tourism Attraction (Rural) of the Year Award at the 2014 Iowa Tourism Conference in Council Bluffs. Presenting the awards was Rita Grimm C.O.O. of the Iowa Economic Authority and Shawna Lode manager of the Iowa Tourism Office to Lisa Steen Riggs, Manager on behalf of the Danish Windmill. This award category honors an attraction showing overall excellence in supporting and growing tourism in Iowa over the last year. Rural means communities under 10,000 in population. Elk Horn has a population of only 650. The award represents one of the highest honors given to tourism in Iowa.
This was a special year for The Windmill to receive this award as the Mill Manager Lisa Steen Riggs is the President of Federation of Iowa who is an active sponsor of the Iowa Tourism Conference. Lisa is a 37 year veteran of the Tourism industry and has served on several Tourism committees on a local, regional, state and national level.
Both Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds along with Debi Durham the Director of the Iowa Economic Authority were in attendance at the Iowa Tourism Conference.
“The tourism conference gives us the opportunity to annually recognize the best of the best in our industry,” said Iowa Tourism Office Manager, Shawna Lode. “All nominations are reviewed and scored by industry members, people who know and appreciate tourism in Iowa.”
“The Iowa tourism industry is full of hard-working, dedicated and passionate individuals,” said Lisa Steen Riggs, president of the Travel Federation of Iowa. “These awards recognize their contribution to Iowa’s tourism economy.”
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 $7.75 billion in expenditures, employs 65,400 people statewide and generates $353.9 million in state taxes. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information, visit traveliowa.com, call 800.345.IOWA or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center.
Courtesy of the Audubon County Advocate Journal, 10/31/14.