01/27/15 1:30 p.m.
Thanks to increased business travel and local events, the Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau had a record year in 2014. County Commissioner Brian Robertson said the CVB is one of the best investments the commissioners made.
Audio: Brian Robertson
Visitors to the community generated $225 million in business activity in the county last year and $523,500 in bed tax money. CVB Director Rachael Rahrig said the tourism industry also brought more than $16 million in state and local taxes in 2014, and supports one in every 15 jobs in the county.
Audio: Rachael Rahrig
Rahrig said in 2014, there were 270,000 total hotel stays in Hancock County. Those visitors generated about $523,500 in bed tax money for the county, up more than 4 percent from 2013. Rahrig said an increase in leisure travel, as well as an uptick in local events and business travel, made those numbers possible.by Read More →