Keynote Address at National Tourism Week Luncheon

Focuses on ‘Future of Travel'


Hammond - The Annual National Tourism Week Luncheon, hosted by the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, will feature keynote speaker, Maura Gast. Gast, is recognized as an industry expert on technology and marketing issues and is a trailblazer on recognizing tourism as a vital component of economic development. She currently is the chair of Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), recently completed DMAI's Futures Study task force and holds a Fellow Certified Destination Management Executive designation.

The luncheon will be held at the Indiana Welcome Center (7770 Corinne Drive) in Hammond on May 13th. Registration will begin at 11:30am and the lunch will start promptly at noon. Tickets are available by the table for $300 and individual tickets are $35. To reserve tickets, please contact Jennifer Rush at the South Shore CVA at 219.989.7770 by May 7th. The keynote address will focus on the "future of travel."

National Tourism Week is nationally supported by the U.S. Travel Association and is a collective effort to promote the power of travel. The goal is to enhance the country's economy, security and perception, and recognize the cultural and social benefits created by travel and tourism. Visit for more information about the U.S. Travel Association and National Tourism Week.