Tourism helps drive Hoosier economy

A new economic impact report released just before Christmas by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development points out the role of tourism to the Hoosier economy.

It contends that travel, tourism and hospitality is the sixth-largest industry in the state — not including government — and is directly responsible for nearly 140,000 jobs and contributes $10 billion in revenue to Indiana businesses.

That’s likely not news for our neighbors in Brown and Bartholomew counties, where tourists flock to watch leaves and eye architectural innovations.

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