Shortened summer cuts into tourism revenue

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Southern Indiana tourism sites are taking a hit this summer because of a harsh winter that pushed the school year into June and rainy weather to kick off the season.

Parks, caves and historic sites are reporting the number of visitors dropped from last year and think the late start to summer vacation is the main culprit.

Harrison County park director Rand Heazlitt tells the Courier-Journal the tourism landscape is changing because of balanced school calendars and snow days.

Harrison County parks have seen admissions drop 15 percent to 20 percent over last summer. Revenue also is down at the Indiana Caverns, Squire Boone and Marengo show caves and at four historic sites operated by the Indiana State Museum.

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