Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau officials are reporting record tourism numbers for 2010. Though the county sees most tourists during the fall months, people seem to be visiting for reasons other than watching the leaves change.
Revenue generated from a 5% innkeepers tax was the highest it has been in 10 years for the months of January, February, March, May, June and July. Jamie Giles, Communications Director at the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said although their highest innkeepers tax revenues come in the fall, the sharp increase seen in other month’s shows people are looking for a simpler vacation.
“People this year are trying to stay a little closer to home and you know, Brown County is a great place right here in the middle of Indiana to go,” said Giles.
The innkeeper tax is affected by room rates and number of visitors. However, Giles doesn’t believe that any hotel, lodge or cabin owners raised prices this year.
“It could be because the hotel rates have gone up but we haven’t really seen that this year at all, especially due to the economy, people are trying to accommodate to everyone, so I think more people are just coming here.”
Officials at the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau are hoping for another record breaking year.