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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Visit Bloomington Celebrates Tourism Industry

Categories: press releases

May 7, 2015
Media Contact: Julie Warren, Director of Tourism
Email: julie@visitbloomington.com, phone: 812-330-4304

Bloomington, IN - Visit Bloomington is excited to celebrate the local travel and tourism industry with the annual Tourism Week, May 18-22, 2015. This year's celebration will feature activities and programs that highlight the importance of tourism to the local economy and help local residents become more aware of what the community has to offer.

Tourism is a major industry in Monroe County, supporting 4,163 jobs and contributing $97 million in wages and $45 million to the county tax base annually (from a 2013 study). There were approximately 1.84 million visitors to the county in 2013, generating total gross sales of $326 million. Tourism Week honors all the tourism professionals who help make Bloomington a great visitor destination.

One highlight of Tourism Week is the Bloomington Tourism Awards presentation honoring winners who have been chosen by the public, to be announced at a luncheon for the winners on May 21. Winners will also be announced in the Herald-Times on Sunday, May 24.

In addition to several special events for industry colleagues, public programs for the week include:

Monday, May 18 - Visitors Center Open House
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. The Open House takes place from 10:30am - 2:30pm.

Friday, May 22 - Pizza & Ice Cream Social on the courthouse lawn
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 pizza samples from Pizza X and Bucceto's, and ice cream from Hartzell's, plus live music and games, and takes place from 11:30am - 1:30pm.

Local residents are encouraged to use the #MyBtown and #VisitBtown hashtags when they post images taken in Monroe County to Instagram. Using the hashtags demonstrates pride in the community while helping visitors discover the "hidden gems" that make Bloomington and Monroe County unique. Visit Bloomington maintains a fun and interactive Instagram account at @visitbtown.

About Visit Bloomington: Visit Bloomington is the destination marketing organization for Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana. Visit Bloomington works alongside local partners to deliver information on events, attractions and accommodations to future visitors, positively impacting the local economy and culture through tourism development. www.visitbloomington.com