Visit Bloomington celebrates the local travel and tourism industry with the annual Tourism Week, May 18-22, 2015. The week will feature a variety of activities and programs highlighting the importance of tourism to our local economy and helping local residents become more aware of what our community has to offer.
Tourism is a major industry in Monroe County, hosting approximately 1.84 million annual visitors who directly support 4,163 jobs. Visitors come for personal and business reasons, and while they're here they take advantage of the arts and culture, outdoor recreation, restaurants and IU events. Tourism Week is a chance to honor all the tourism professionals who make Bloomington a great visitor destination. Learn more about the impact of tourism in Bloomington.
It's also a chance for local residents to rediscover their community through the visitor perspective. It's easy to take for granted how powerful of an economic driver tourism is for the area. During Tourism Week, we encourage locals to explore these resources and share in the celebration of how tourism positively affects all of us.
Visit Bloomington awards the best local tourism businesses and organizations in five categories: best restaurant or bar, attraction, festival or event, retail store and lodging property. Voting ended on April 30, but stay tuned to see the results!
Visitors Center Open House - Monday, May 18
Stop by the Bloomington Visitors Center at 2285 N. Walnut St. for food samples, giveaways, discounts and food trucks! Visit Bloomington staff will be on site to chat about tourism and other questions you might have about Bloomington. 10:30am - 2:30pm
Pizza & Ice Cream Social on the courthouse lawn - Friday, May 22
Locals and visitors get to hear the story of tourism face-to-face when Visit Bloomington takes over the courthouse lawn! The event includes free ice cream from Hartzell's plus other goodies, live music and games, and takes place from 11:30am - 1:30pm.
Locals, show us YOUR Bloomington!
Everyone likes to discover fun places that only the locals know about when they travel, and we're asking our local Bloomingtontonians to give us a hand in sharing local tips with our visitors! Just tag your Instagram photos with #mybtown to share your favorite things about Bloomington with our visitors via our Tumblr. Find out more about this fun new program that lets you play tour guide to our visitors!