International Airport Conference Lands in Evansville This Week

More than 200 airport executives and family members will unite in Evansville for the American Association of Airport Executives’ Great Lakes Chapter Annual Conference

July 24, 2019 12:00

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Leslie Fella
Evansville Regional Airport
Ph: 812.629.8375
Email: [email protected]

Lori Samples
Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ph: 812.421.2200
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June 24, 2019 

Evansville, Ind. – Evansville Regional Airport (EVV), Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau (ECVB) and area businesses and attractions prepare to welcome more than 200 visitors to Evansville, this week, as part of an international airport industry conference that was awarded to EVV for 2019. Evansville will serve as this year’s host city for the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Great Lakes Chapter (GLC) Annual Conference, which draws airport executives and their family members from twelve states and three Canadian provinces, as well as aviation industry firms and exhibitors from across the globe.

The conference lends airport delegates the opportunity to convene and discuss a variety of topics ranging from state and federal program updates, consultant topics and subjects of interest to airport board and commission members, to best-practice sharing and informational open-topic sessions, while also allowing time to enjoy and explore some of the area’s finest attractions with their family members.

“We are excited to host this year’s annual conference in Evansville and look forward to showcasing all that our city and the surrounding region has to offer, said Nate Hahn, EVV Executive Director. “In addition to the solid industry programming portion of the conference, we have some really neat events and activities planned for our visiting delegates and their families.”

The last time Evansville hosted the AAAE GLC conference was when EVV was awarded the bid 2008, which was prior to the growth that has recently taken place within the city and more specifically in Evansville’s downtown.

“Our downtown, our city’s attractions – the entire region, has transformed and grown exponentially since the last time our friends from the Great Lakes Region visited, so this year’s conference experience will be totally different for them,” said Hahn. “They’re in for a real treat.”

Joe Taylor, ECVB Executive Director, said the conference is estimated to have a local economic impact of approximately $200 dollars per person each day, totaling about $160,000 over the four-day duration. Taylor added that in addition to the short-term economic benefits the event will lend, the longer-term global recognition for the airport and the city is immeasurable, providing ongoing value and growth contribution.

"The Evansville community is thrilled to show off the improvements made throughout the city and at Evansville Regional Airport to others in the airport and aviation industries. The airport serves well the residents, businesses and visitors in the Tri-State region, and the best practices shared at the conference will only help to grow the airport and our community even more," said Taylor.

The event kicks off on Thursday, July 25 and runs through Sunday, July 28, commencing along Evansville’s Riverfront with a family-friendly private dinner reception at Evansville Museum of Art, Science and History, where attendees will enjoy all the museum and Evansville’s riverfront ambience has to offer, coupled with local food trucks, live music and a magic show. Other activities slated for the week include a Reitz Home tour and Victorian-themed lunch, a local-flavored Haynie’s Corner experience, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Walther’s Fun and Golf, Mesker Park Zoo and a private event at the Children’s Museum of Evansville (CMOE). Conference programming session spans from the new DoubleTree Hotel to Old National Events Plaza. 


About Evansville-Vanderburgh Airport Authority District (EVVAD)
Evansville Regional Airport offers competitive-priced connectivity to hundreds of domestic and international destinations with frequent daily flights to five top-rated, major hub cities - Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas and Detroit, as well as low-cost, nonstop flights to Destin and Orlando, Florida. Served by Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta and United, EVV is an easy and welcoming gateway to and from southwest Indiana, western Kentucky and southeast Illinois. For more, visit:

About Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau serves as the official tourism organization for Evansville and Vanderburgh County, which markets and supports local hotels and attractions by developing and facilitating the convention and visitor industry in Evansville. The ECVB enhances the economy of the area by selling and marketing the region as the premier destination for conventions, meetings, sports, events, recreation and business. For more information,