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Sports, Conventions Bring Tourism Dollars in 2012

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South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority says the estimated local economic impact of sports, conventions and other events last year was about 29-percent higher compared to 2011. They say the nationally televised Leon’s Triathlon and the National Softball Association’s Girls Fast Pitch ‘B’ World Series attracted visitors to Lake, Porter and La Porte County from all over the country. Lake County tourism officials today announced sporting-event-related visitor spending on restaurants, hotels, attractions and other amenities, has an estimated 2-point-38-million-dollar impact on the Region, while visitor spending related to conventions was worth about 2-point-25-million-dollars to the area.
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