Kokomo’s Chris Dame presented with 2015 Hoosier Hospitality Award

Hoosier Hospitality Award 2015 - Chris Dame

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann presented Chris Dame of Kokomo (pictured) with a 2015 Hoosier Hospitality Award for outstanding contributions to the tourism industry during a ceremony at the Indiana State Fair on August 21. Twenty representatives of Indiana’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry earned the 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Hoosier Hospitality Award for their high level of service in tourism-related jobs at hotels, restaurants, attractions and other destinations.

“These professionals and their Hoosier Hospitality are the vibrant pulse that keeps the tourism industry alive and well in the state of Indiana. It is a great honor to present these awards to such deserving tourism leaders whose work all too often goes unrecognized, but never unappreciated. They live out the Hoosier ideals each and every day as they are out on the front lines showing the public what makes Indiana a great place to visit,” stated Ellspermann.

Chris Dame has worked for the Hampton Inn & Suites in Kokomo for five years and was recently promoted to Guest Experience Ambassador. Hotel guests frequently comment on how Dame’s friendly demeanor and knowledge of the best local destinations makes them feel like “Kokomo is a home away from home.”  His nominator said that he is the “go-to-person” when it comes to encouraging guests to try local attractions, restaurants and other experiences unique to the area. The passion and sincerity he brings to his work makes him an integral component to the success of the tourism industry in Indiana.

Congratulations Chris! Thank you for the excellent service you provide to ensure visitors to Kokomo have a great experience!

Download the Visit Kokomo Mobile App – for local information at your fingertips!

The Visit Kokomo mobile app now has a NEW design!  Check out our newly updated and redesigned app that has a fresh, new look and is more user-friendly than ever.  Find information on local attractions, local restaurants, tours, upcoming events, walking & biking trails, and much more.  The Visit Kokomo app is FREE and available on both Apple & Android devices.

Kokomo mobile app screenshot - Things to Do

 

Check out the NEW renovations at Hampton Inn & Suites Kokomo!

Hampton Inn & Suites Kokomo recently finished a complete renovation including all guest rooms, lobby, and breakfast dining area.  Check out the great photos below!

The hotel will have a Ribbon Cutting and Grand RE-Opening on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to check out the hotel’s new design and features, and they will be raffling off several fantastic prizes for all participants that complete the scavenger hunt!  Click here for more information about the event.

Hampton Inn & Suites Kokomo is located at 2920 South Reed Road.  For more information or to make a reservation, call (765) 455-2900 or visit their website.  To see more photos of the hotel’s recent renovation, visit their Facebook Page.

Breakfast dining area with community table at Hampton Inn & Suites Kokomo.

Breakfast dining area with community table at Hampton Inn & Suites Kokomo.

Hampton Inn & Suites Kokomo King Suite with fully equipped kitchen

Hampton Inn & Suites Kokomo King Suite with fully equipped kitchen

Hampton Inn & Suites Kokomo King Study Room

Hampton Inn & Suites Kokomo King Study Room

Hampton Inn & Suites Kokomo Business Center

Hampton Inn & Suites Kokomo Business Center

Hampton Inn & Suites Kokomo Lobby with Fireplace

Hampton Inn & Suites Kokomo Lobby with Fireplace

Hampton Inn & Suites Kokomo swimming pool

Hampton Inn & Suites Kokomo swimming pool

 

Comfort Inn Kokomo Offers Special 2013 Holiday Rates

Comfort Inn Kokmo 2013 Holiday Special

Visiting Kokomo for the holidays?  Comfort Inn Kokomo is offering special rates for the holidays from November 23 – December 31, 2013.  Mention the “Home for the Holidays Special” to receive their $55 + tax per night room rate (based on availability.)

In addition, they are offering a special rate for those staying during the We Care Telethon weekend (December 6-8, 2013) at $55 + tax per night for standard king or double queen rooms (including a late 6 p.m. check out on Sunday to watch the entire telethon.)  Comfort Inn Kokomo will also offer special “SNOW” rates to the local business community during inclement weather this winter.  Contact the hotel directly and ask for their “SNOW” rate.

For more information on any of these special rates or to book a room, call (765) 452-5050.

Josh Yocum of Kokomo’s Comfort Inn presented with 2013 Hoosier Hospitality Award

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann presents Josh Yocum of Kokomo's Comfort Inn with the Hoosier Hospitality Award

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann presents Josh Yocum of Kokomo’s Comfort Inn with Hoosier Hospitality Award

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann presented Josh Yocum of Kokomo’s Comfort Inn with a 2013 Hoosier Hospitality Award for outstanding contributions to the tourism industry during a ceremony on May 8, 2013 at the Indiana Statehouse.  Twenty representatives of the tourism industry earned the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Hoosier Hospitality Award for their high level of service in tourism-related jobs at hotels, restaurants, attractions and other destinations.

Josh has been in the hotel industry over 10 years and is currently the Front Desk Manager.  He was acknowledged for the care he takes to ensure each patron receives exceptional service and for going above and beyond the normal duties of his position to help all staff with everyday tasks in the hotel.  Josh was nominated by Marlo Stevens, General Manager of the Comfort Inn Kokomo, for doing  a fantastic job at the hotel.  His on-going service to visitors was recognized in a recent letter from a guest which stated that he did an “outstanding job of making our visit very special.”  The guest also stated that “during the snowstorm, he kept us informed, comfortable, well fed, and treated us as family.  We’ve traveled all over the world and the Comfort Inn Kokomo was the best hotel we ever experienced, because Josh looked out for us and all other guest.  He has excellent customer service skills.”

The Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau congratulates Josh on receiving this award, and we thank him for his outstanding service to visitors in Howard County!

Download the NEW Kokomo Indiana Visitors Guide!


Download the new Kokomo/Howard County Visitors Guide!  Find all the information you need to plan your next getaway … Things to Do, Parks & Trails, Family Recreation, Art & Culture, Lodging, Festivals, Fun Facts, and a Local Map!

Request a brochure or download the full digital version for immediate access.  You can also get all this great information on your smartphone by downloading our Visit Kokomo Mobile App!  For more information on Kokomo, call the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971 or visit our website at www.VisitKokomo.org.

Kokomo Mobile App Now Available!

Download the new Visit Kokomo Mobile App!

Easily find local restaurants, tours, parks & trails, attractions, lodging, concerts & festivals, view videos & photos, plus much more!

Simply scan the QR codes below with a QR reader on your smartphone for quick (and FREE) download.  For more details, go to www.VisitKokomo.org/app.

Download NEW Kokomo Mobile App

CONTACT:
Sherry Matlock, 765. 457.6802, information@visitkokomo.org
Jeb Conrad, 765.457.2000, jconrad@greaterkokomo.com

KOKOMO, IN — The Kokomo/Howard County Convention and Visitors Bureau launched the final market test of the Visit Kokomo™ mobile app for iPhone® and iPad® devices last week. The CVB staff, in conjunction with the Visitors Council Marketing Committee, moved quickly with the project to have it available for visitors staying overnight in Kokomo during Super Bowl weekend. The app was promoted and specifically targeted to only those staying in local hotels.

This tourism app was designed by BlueBridge Digital (BlueBridgeDigital.com) based in Indianapolis with the intent to assist visitors with finding information on things to do in Kokomo, including restaurants, local attractions, parks, lodging, and upcoming events. As more and more people have access to and are using smartphone devices when traveling, the Visit Kokomo™ app is another way to promote Kokomo as a destination and to encourage visitors to explore our city once they arrive.

According to Buffey Hedrick, Kokomo/Howard County Convention and Visitors Bureau Board President, “There are many passionate people who want to help promote the growth of the convention and visitors industry in Kokomo/Howard County. This app is just one of the many milestones to come that will make Kokomo one of the most accessible cities in Indiana to visit.”

Visitors aren’t the only users encouraged to download the free app. Those that live in Kokomo and the surrounding areas will want to install the app to find our extensive events listing for local festivals, concerts, art shows, and other events for the year in Kokomo.

Per Jeb Conrad, CEO and President of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, “This launch brings next generation mobile app technology to Kokomo, Indiana. Providing access for visitors see Kokomo as a more progressive, visitor-friendly community.”

The app will be available soon for Android® phones and tablets, with additional features coming for both Apple® and Android® platforms. Download the free app from iTunes App Store® or Android Marketplace® . Search for Kokomo or simply scan the QR code to quickly install the app for Kokomo at your fingertips.

As part of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau focuses on attracting visitors to the Kokomo, Howard County area. For more information contact Sherry Matlock at (765) 457-6802 or (800) 837-0971, information@visitkokomo.org.

Special Kokomo Hotel Rates Offered for AVTT Visitors


Kokomo, IN — The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) and Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall will be in Kokomo from September 29 – October 2, 2011.  Kokomo is the only city in Indiana to host this special tribute in 2011, and thousands are anticipated to visit Kokomo from throughout Indiana and neighboring states. 

Several hotels in Kokomo are offering special rates for those visiting the American Veterans Traveling Tribute from out of town.  Hampton Inn & Suites has been designated the host hotel.  Other participating hotels include: Comfort Inn, Days Inn & Suites, Fairfield Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Quality Inn & Suites.  Special rates will be honored for a limited time only.  For complete details on rates offered, call the Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971 or visit www.visitkokomo.org/veterans

Visitor packets will be given to those staying overnight in participating hotels during the American Veterans Traveling Tribute upon check-in.  Packets will include information on Veterans memorials and monuments in Kokomo and Howard County, local restaurants and attractions, and a Kokomo/Howard County map, along with a complete schedule of events going on at the AVTT site.  Visit www.kokomotribute.com for additional information on the American Veterans Traveling Tribute.

Kokomo Winners Selected For Outstanding Hospitality Service

Congratulations to Lois Martin from the Seiberling Mansion and Kokomo Fairfield Inn’s Debbie Zook!  Both were selected as recipients of the 2010 Hoosier Hospitality Award given by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman in recognition of outstanding contributions in the tourism industry.  The awards were given last week at the Indiana Statehouse during Visit Indiana Week.  Nineteen people in all were recognized.  Thanks to all those in the Kokomo area that provide wonderful service to all of our visitors! 

Lois Martin (Seiberling Mansion) and Lt. Governor Becky Skillman

Debbie Zook (Kokomo Fairfield Inn) and Lt. Governor Becky Skillman