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Masks are required on public transportation, as well as in LaPorte County and on national park and state government properties, both inside buildings and in outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance. Most businesses still require masks. If you have quesitons, please contact the business before you go. 

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South Shore CVA Staff

Speros A. Batistatos, FCDME



Spero Batistatos with Bill Wellman and Vic DeMeyer

It is hard to believe that I began my career in the hospitality industry more than 40 years ago at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana.  In 1989, I was selected to lead what is now known as the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.  During my first 12 years, I was able to increase the organization's budget 10-fold and facilitate the construction of the Nation's Premiere Visitors Center.

Before returning to Lake County, I was the President and CEO of the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority, and led an aggressive marketing program to support Southern New Jersey's $8 billion dollar tourism industry.  

I am a "Hoosier" at heart, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics and Public Policy from Indiana University. I have also completed the DMAI's professional certification program, earning the distinguished designation of Fellow Certified Destination Management Executive (FCDME).

I am a graduate of the 2007 inaugural class of Northwest Indiana's FBI Citizens Academy.  I was named one of the "Champions of Diversity" by Indiana Minority Business Magazine.  Also, under my leadership, the South Shore CVA was honored as one of the "Top 10 Best Places to Work in Indiana" of small to medium size companies two years in a row by the Indiana Chamber.  

In July of 2000, Governor Frank O'Bannon honored me with the "Sagamore of the Wabash," and in January 2008, I was chosen as one of the "Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing" by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI), one of the highest recognitions in the tourism industry.

I have served on the Board of Directors for the Travel Industry Association of America in addition to serving numerous local not-for-profit and community boards. Recently I was selected as an At-Large Director for the US Travel Association’s Board of Directors until 2019. I am currently the chairman of the board for the Dunes National Park Association and public policy chair of the Northwest Indiana Forum. 

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