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Tourism Spending Is Growing in Columbus, Bartholomew County

Columbus Area Visitors Center / Photo: WCSI File
Columbus Area Visitors Center / Photo: WCSI File

During Tuesday's annual meeting of the Columbus Area Visitors Center, a new study found visitor spending in the Columbus area continued to grow in 2012. Direct spending by tourists accounted for $241.6 million last year, up 6.3 percent from 2010.

Lynn Lucas, executive director of the visitors center, says hotels, restaurants, retail businesses and attractions benefit from tourism in Columbus and Bartholomew County. According the economic impact study by CERTEC, Inc., visitors spending has grown by 6.3 percent since 2010.

In 2012 there were a total of 4,376 jobs in the Bartholomew County tourism industry, up 154 jobs from 2010. One third of the jobs created were in high-wage occupations. The tourism-generated jobs provided $70 million in wages, an increase of $7.6 million over 2010.

Additionally, visitor spending generated nearly $80.5 million in local, state and federal tax revenues. Local tax revenue accounted for $15.9 million.

At the meeting, Roger Rickard, author and founder of Voices in Advocacy, addressed the group about the power of tourism and awards were presented to community partners. Award winners are:

Bebette Perr, Visitors Center volunteer - Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award

Annette Barnes and Marsha Kanable, Visitors Center volunteers and tour guides - Volunteers of the Year

Amy Kleinert, executive director, and Diane Robbins, community relations and marketing manager - kidscommons

Chad Cockerham, Otter Creek general manager and head golf professional, and John Fairbanks, committee chair Under Armour Jeff Overton Championship Hosted by Otter Creek

Mayor Kristen Brown - Columbus Arts District

Harry McCawley, associate editor of The Republic and county historian - Unforgettable Partner

Chuck Wilt, past director of Columbus Parks and Recreation Department - Unforgettable Partner


Last Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 4:44:15 AM

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