Tourism study set for western Hendricks County

Field interviews start in June for a study on how to develop tourism in the western half of Hendricks County. Researchers will start in Danville and travel west, looking for ways to tie attractions together into a tourism corridor. Seattle-based Destination Development Inc. is being paid $15,000 for the study.

The county commissioned it to find ways to get tourists on their way to or from Indianapolis to stop at attractions along the U.S. 36 corridor. West of Danville, the county is highly rural and could benefit from culinary tourism routes or other thematically grouped destinations, said Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau Associate Director Jaime Bohler Smith.

The cost of the study is being covered by the CVB, which is contributing $10,000, and a $5,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Tourism. The findings should be released Sept. 15.

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