Hamilton Co. hotel demand up after Grand Park opening

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – This weekend marks another busy weekend for the managers of Grand Park, the new sports complex in Westfield.

The events there will keep hotel managers busy across Hamilton County and into northern Marion County.

Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. says it compared hotel occupancy in the first six months of 2014 with the same period in the year before. The study revealed a 9 percent increase in demand from one year to the next.

Grand Park does not get all of the credit for that gain. Some goes to the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Basketball tournament back in March to the National Rifle Association convention in April.

The tourism office offered these conclusions about the presence of Grand Park:

  • In April, Grand Park activity filled 10 percent of the month’s total room nights and 27 percent of the month’s weekend room nights.
  • Other months, its impact has been 1 to 4 percent of weekend business, but this shows the overall potential for the park once it has ramped up.
  • Other visitor traffic not accounted for in these numbers also may be influencing room nights sold (e.g. grandparents).
  • Hamilton County has sold 57,558 more rooms in 2014 than in 2013, and Grand Park accounts for 17 percent of the additional rooms sold.
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