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Shipshewana Awarded Destination of the Year by the Midwest Travel Network

During the Midwest Travel Network’s Conference, members voted for a variety of prestigious annual awards. For the first time, Shipshewana was awarded Destination of the Year.  

For 2024 the winners are: Sara Broers, Sonya Nash, and Lisa Trudell at MTN Conference.

Destination of the Year: Visit Shipshewana

FAM Trip of the Year: Visit Fairfield

Rising Star of the Year: Erin Huiatt of Des Moines Parent

Destination Partner of the Year: Visit Fort Dodge

Collaboration of the Year: Brandy Gleason of Gleason Family Adventures

Best Social Media Campaign (Destination): Clear Lake, Iowa

Best Social Media Campaign (Blogger): Melody Pittman of Wherever I May Roam Blog

Blogger of the Year: Nicole Marie Kringstad of The Midwest Millennial

The Destination of the Year is chosen based on the destination that everyone seems to be talking about within MTN, and in the last year, Shipshewana, Indiana has been at the top of that list. Because the purpose of Visit Shipshewana, or the Shipshewana/LaGrange County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) is promotion of the area as a travel destination, the award is an incredible step forward and wonderful validation of all of the hard work of the CVB Director, staff, and partners.

Sara Broers, co-owner of the Midwest Travel Network explains “Visit Shipshewana welcomed members of our network throughout the year and quickly showed up on the radar of hundreds of people within MTN. The willingness and extra mile that Sonya Nash and her team took to make all of these visits happen, speaks volumes to Visit Shipshewana’s dedication to tourism. Therefore, they earned the 2024 Destination of The Year Award for the Midwest Travel Network.”

The success of the MTN’s Annual Conference and of the CVB is also due to the Blue Gate Garden Inn, the Farmstead Inn & Conference Center, the Blue Gate Performing Arts Center, the Shipshewana Flea Market, everyone at Davis Mercantile, Cook’s Bison Ranch, the small business owners, the tour guides, the restauranteurs, the Amish homemakers and craftspeople, and so many more… It’s also important to mention the small but dedicated staff at the Visit Shipshewana/LaGrange County CVB who’ve worked countless hours for almost a year to make sure that the MTN Annual Conference was a success.

CVB Executive Director Sonya Nash has this to say “To be selected as the 2024 Destination of the Year is truly an honor and a real confirmation that Shipshewana and LaGrange County are special places to live AND to visit. This could not have been accomplished without the availability of amazing local locations and experiences, as well as the input and collaboration of our partners. It proves that with teamwork and Hoosier Hospitality, there’s nothing that can’t be accomplished. Shipshewana may be a small town, but it can do big things, and do them well.”

(Photo shows MTN co-owner Sara Broers, CVB Director Sonya Nash, and MTN co-owner Lisa Trudell.)

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