LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Greater Lafayette has earned millions of dollars because of tourism, according to a new economic report.
The Indiana Office of Tourism Development reports that tourism is on the rise across the state of Indiana. The department recently released its latest study from 2017. Numbers show that tourism spending in Tippecanoe County generated $232.6 Million.
Jo Wade, CEO of Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette, said Purdue is Greater Lafayette's main attraction, bringing in people for academics as well as sporting events.
“Locally owned businesses are what visitors are calling and asking us about for the most part but the interstate that runs through our area does support a number of our visitors coming to the area,” said Wade.
Wade said tourists dollars also help keep taxes low.
“It offsets public education dollars that because we have tourism here those taxes help support education,” said Wade.
Wade said food and beverage account for the largest share of tourism spending in Tippecanoe County. Greg Ehresman said his restaurant Triple X has seen its benefit.
“It brings that money back to the state and back to any of the businesses where people want to come and travel,” said Ehresman.
Bob Haan, Executive Director Haan Mansion Museum, said more than half of his visitors are from outside Indianan
“Our out-of-state traffic drives us right now and it's really nice and we've had days where we would have 20 people come and 16 would be from out of town,” said Haan.
According to the report, without tourism, each household would need to pay an additional $582 per year in taxes.
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