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2016: A Record-Setting Year for Indiana Tourism

Who wants to visit the Hoosier State? More people than you might think. A lot more.

INDIANAPOLIS -- A new reports shows a record number of people are visiting Indiana and spending more in the process. 

The survey from Rockport Analytics shows 79 million people visited the Hoosier State in 2016. Those guests spent an estimated $12.2 billion.

Those are both records,  state tourism chief Mark Newman told Inside Indiana Business.

Newman credits the capital city's expanded ability to host conventions and events such as GenCon and the FFA Convention as well as other destination spots like the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and West Baden Hotel and Casino in French Lick.

He says that sporting events like the Big Ten Football Championship Game and the Indianapolis 500 have become key in driving tourism numbers up, as well.

The Rockport Analytics reports shows tourism as the fastest-growing job sector in the state and the 9th-largest industry in Indiana.

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