Hundreds to Visit South Bend

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Two regional events this week are expected to have a significant impact on the South Bend economy. Visit South Bend says an American Advertising Federation student competition and an annual meeting of the Ninety-Nines International Women Pilots Group North Central Section are expected to draw more than 500 attendees to the area. April 1, 2014

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Two groups, representing very different segments of the tourism spectrum, are visiting downtown South Bend this week. The American Advertising Federation (AAF) District 6 (D6) National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) will be held at Century Center April 2-4, while The Ninety-Nines International Women Pilots Group North Central Section hold their spring meeting at DoubleTree by Hilton April 4-6.

The AAF competition consists of 19 teams of college students - 475 total participants - from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. The group is coming to South Bend after an 18 year stint in Chicago and 14 years in the Detroit area before that.

"District 6 has enjoyed a rich history of hosting the event for 18 years in Chicago and 14 in Metro Detroit," states Allison Meadows Beggs, governor for American Advertising Federation District 6. "South Bend's centrality, vibrant downtown and generous cooperation from business and community leaders made this city the perfect choice for our event. We are thrilled to begin a new legacy here in Northern Indiana."

The Ninety-Nines is the international organization of women pilots, promoting advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support while honoring their unique history and sharing their passion for flight. There will be 19 chapters present, including the Indiana Dunes Chapter, who is acting as host this year. The group will be coming from nine states, with roughly 60 attendees.

The women will be flying into town, with their planes being housed at Atlantic Aviation near the South Bend Airport, making for a great photo opportunity.

"How exciting to have these two events in downtown South Bend at the same time," says Carolyne Wallace, director of sales for Visit South Bend Mishawaka. "The AAF Competition will bring the region's best young marketing hopefuls to our community to match their skills and creativity against each other. We are hoping this is the first of many years of AAF competition in South Bend. And, of course, we are looking forward to catching up with the Ninety-Nines as they fly into South Bend for the first time since 2004."

Source: Visit South Bend