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Jo Ann Klooz
Hamilton County Tourism Shows Gains
Carmel, Ind.-A strong summer visitor season is bringing excitement and economic gains to Hamilton County. The upswing is evident in several key indicators.

Hamilton County's June room rates were up 7.1 percent in June and 4.4 percent in July, boosting hotel revenue significantly for the county. "When the average daily rate increases, that's a sign that overall the lodging industry is healthy, even if it does not mean significant occupancy increases," said Brenda Myers, Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director. Room demand was up just 1 percent, and July was flat compared to 2012. "We are within sight of 2012's hotel revenue for the year, which included the anomaly of the NFL Super Bowl, and that shows a really robust lodging economy," she said.

Attendance is up at several of Hamilton County’s premier attractions as well.

 “So far in 2013 attendance has risen by 9 percent and membership has grown by 15 percent to an all-time high.” said Ellen M. Rosenthal, Conner Prairie’s CEO and president. “Conner Prairies’ summer day camps are on their fourth year of record attendance.”

Hamilton County’s Tenderloin Trail restaurants feature Tenderloin Tuesdays during the summer and this year the top two restaurants saw a 74 percent increase over last year in tenderloin sandwich sales.

Klipsch’s 25th Anniversary Season is the largest in recent years.  “The excitement and attendance have been great so far and we are looking forward to finishing out the year with some great shows in several different genres.  We are presenting 34 shows in 2013, which is the most that we have presented since 2004,” said Tom Mendenhall, Live Nation Entertainment Regional GM.

The Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau promotes tourism growth through strategic marketing, hospitality and community development initiatives. It has welcome centers in Carmel, Fishers, and Noblesville.