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Tourism partners to develop statewide group travel guide

Tourism partners to develop statewide group travel guide Tourism partners to develop statewide group travel guide
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

It has been a slow start to the year; that is something everyone on the Harrison County Tourism Commission agreed upon at their meeting Thursday. However, Jeremy Yackle, executive director of the Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said that is pretty typical for tourism in Harrison County at the first of each year.

Stacy Pirtle, director of sales and visitor services, told the board during her staff report that she is continuing to work with Indiana partners to develop a statewide group travel guide to be distributed at various trade shows. The guide would give an inside look to various tourism attractions in the state, with Pirtle’s contribution being to the Southern Indiana section.

Because many trade shows for the year have been moved to a virtual format due to COVID-19, the guide will be created in a digital format as well to be sent out to vendors and attendees.

Pirtle also noted that the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center in downtown Corydon has returned to its original hours of operations: Wednesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Marketing manager Amanda York happily said that the new cover of the Harrison County Visitor Guide is officially done. Anyone interested in a copy can download one at www.thisisindiana.org.

She also explained that website traffic numbers were down compared to last month, but attributed that to the cold and winter weather that makes people want to stay indoors. She said she hopes to see website traffic increase in the coming months as people start to plan for trips during spring break. She plans to host a contest in May to encourage people to visit Corydon and Harrison County, with the winner receiving various tourist offers within the county.

According to the Dec. 31 financial report, the monthly innkeeper’s tax came in at $43,204.40. The year-to-date innkeeper’s tax totaled $266,737.30. The year-to-date revenue for the Harrison County Tourism Commission is $824,264,14. The cash balance in the operating account as of Jan. 1 is $31,476.68.

Also at the meeting, the board welcomed new member Rachel Kitterman to her first meeting with the commission (she succeeds Sharon Uhl) and also elected the officers for 2021, re-electing former holders of each position: Michael Wiseman, president; Scott Fluhr, vice president; and Claudia Yundt, secretary.

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