The following research findings represents the importance of tourism to local economy in 2016 and was accomplished through the use of the Certec Model used by Certec Inc.:
The tourism and travel industry contributed $680.7 million to LaPorte County’s economy in 2016.
The tourism industry generated nearly $198.7 million in tax revenues to government.
A total of 6,250 jobs in LaPorte County resulted from tourism in 2016.
Tourism generated jobs provided $118.8 million in wages to LaPorte County workers.
Destination travelers to LaPorte County totaled over 4.5 million persons with an additional 1.1 million pass-through travelers visiting the county.
LaPorte County derives a substantial majority of its visitation from Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.
The typical LaPorte County visitor is most likely to be a college graduate and working in a professional/technical job or retired.
Most visitors are either on a short trip of one to three nights in length or a day trip.
The information sources most likely to be used when making travel plans include (in rank order): Internet, friends and relatives, a local visitors bureau, a state travel office, magazines, newspapers and an auto club.
On average a travel party visited 2.0 attractions in the LaPorte County area. The most visited attractions by those interviewed were: Indiana Dunes/Beach, Lighthouse Place Outlets, Blue Chip Casino, Hesston Steam Museum, Washington Park Zoo, County Fair, Pine Lake, Barker Mansion, Shady Creek Winery and local museums.
The most frequently mentioned activities that visitors participated in while in LaPorte County were shopping, visiting friends or relatives, dining, swimming/sunbathing, gaming and hiking/walking/boating.