Tourism is not exactly the first category that comes to mind when discussing the most important industries in Indiana, particularly when the list of attractions is put alongside those in such neighboring states as Kentucky, Illinois and Michigan.
Nevertheless, the hospitality and visitor trade does play a pretty significant role in the economy of Indiana. More than 257,000 jobs in the state are related to hospitality and tourism, producing more than $6.74 billion in annual wages.
Those numbers alone should suffice to further exploit the state’s potential, but Indiana officials appear to be drawing purse strings tighter on budgets that might be used to promote areas that could be of interest not only to people from other states but Hoosiers themselves.
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