Tourism Numbers Up In Marion County
Published April 29th, 2013
Loretta Shaffer with the Marion County Convention & Visitors Bureau says at the close of last year, the county
was up 12% from the previous year and then to date, they are up almost 25% to date over 2012 numbers in the first quarter, so
tourism is already booming.
There's no beach or theme park, but more tourists are descending in Marion County. The area takes a unique approach to bringing in visitors and it seems to be working.
Shaffer agrees a top reason for the spike in numbers has to do with the horses. She says the county had 22 international countries fly in for our recent horse sale and they
almost doubled the numbers in terms of the economic impact to the area through the horses.
It seems like everyone is benefiting from the increase. Shaffer says tourism is big business and the more visitors the county receives, the more money goes back in residents pockets.
She estimates $600 per household. The payback is due to tourists paying on sales taxes which means citizens don't have to foot the whole bill.
Another plus for the county, more visitors means more jobs, boosting the local economy. Shaffer says everyone wins with tourism.
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