Mark Newman, executive director of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, kicked off Visit Indiana Week, May 1-7, with a stop at Stone’s Trace Historic Site near Ligonier on Sunday. The historic site presented its annual Civil War program and workshops in spinning, tombstone restoration, stained glass and gourd birdhouses.
Visit Indiana Week encourages Hoosiers to hit the road and explore the many destinations that are garnering national accolades. The week also has greater significance this year as Indiana celebrates its bicentennial and the Indiana state park system turns 1oo.
Newman spoke about the value of tourism to the state economy. Tourism is the sixth largest industry in the state, responsible for more than 144,000 jobs and $10.7 billion in revenue for Indiana businesses.
Watch the video to see and hear Newman’s remarks in Stone’s Tavern, one of the oldest structures in Noble County.