Indiana tourism trade group adopts new name

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s leading tourism trade group has a new name along with plans to expand its membership.

The Association of Indiana Convention and Visitors Bureaus will now be called the Indiana Tourism Association.

The public-private organization plans to expand its membership to include not only convention and visitors bureaus, but attractions, hotel management companies, tour operators, small-business owners, tourism-related associations, vendors and others. The group advocates for investing and promoting tourism in the interest of economic development.

It is funded primarily by innkeepers taxes collected at the local level. The group says each tax dollar spent returns $15 in state and local taxes.

In 2012, the group says 71 million people visited Indiana. The organization says those visitors spent a total of $10.1 billion. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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