According to a report released by LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau the tourism and travel industry contributed nearly $713 million to LaPorte County’s economy in 2018. Direct expenditures by tourists accounted for $544.9 million of this total – an annual increase of 1.9 percent since 2016.
The purpose of the study was to quantify the magnitude of the economic impact of the LaPorte county tourism and travel industry and to show any changes since 2016.
The tourism industry generated over $204.5 million in tax revenues to government – $82.9 million to the state, $42.4 million locally and $79.1 million to the federal government. Tax revenue in 2016 was $198.7 million.
“Tourism is a key contributor to our economy, not only on a national level but also right here in LaPorte County” said Jack Arnett, Executive Director for the LaPorte County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. “Tourism also means business in our community, since 6,351 jobs in our county are directly supported by the industry.”
The tourism generated jobs provided $125.8 million in wages to LaPorte County workers compared to $118.8 million in 2016.
Expenditures by category showed that, attractions, shopping, food and beverage purchases accounted for over eight out of every ten dollars spent, so expenditures by industry sector reflected the importance of attractions and lodging to the local tourism industry. A surprising fact is that the local marinas are a key component of the attraction sector because they make a significant economic contribution to LaPorte County.
In addition, tourism also brings employment opportunities, enhances the economy of the region, and creates revenue for the local government.
“ We are very pleased with the results of this report” said Arnett “ with the naming of the Dunes Park to the National Registry we see the region and specifically LaPorte County continuing down this path at an even higher rare for years to come”