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Letter: Without visitors bureau, county at disadvantage




Don Cummings,

co-founder of Journey Johnson County,

Greenwood

To the editor:

Are you a Johnson County business owner who wishes more people in Indianapolis would find out what you have to offer? Do you run an organization or manage a property that local residents don’t seem to know about? Do you wish you had a better way to get your message to those visiting Central Indiana?

These sorts of things are exactly what can result from our county implementing a 5 percent innkeeper’s tax. Indiana law provides that such locally adopted “hotel taxes” result in a convention and visitors bureau, which would promote what Johnson County has to offer — by way of publications, Web presence, local economy engagement and other publicity.

Further, evidence in our own state shows that convention and visitors bureaus “work” — returning multiplied money to the local economies and to local governments due to increased sales taxes.

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