Editorial: Adopt innkeeper’s tax, promote sports tourism




Youth sports is a growing segment of the tourism industry. Communities such as Columbus are bringing in outside money by being the host city for softball and golf tournaments and swimming meets.

To see if it could cash in on the trend, Franklin commissioned a study to see what the potential would be and what obstacles the city would face.

The study by an Indiana University professor projected that visitors who came to Franklin for youth sports or arts events would spend about $1 million per year on hotels, restaurants and shops. That impact could double or triple if a group worked to attract more events to the city, the report said.

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