LAWRENCE COUNTY – The 2022 budget for Lawrence County Tourism was approved by the Lawrence County Council during their meeting Tuesday night.
The total for the upcoming year will be $359,491, which is an increase of almost $9,000 from last year which saw an increase in outdoor venues due to the ongoing pandemic.
Tonya Chastain, Lawrence County Tourism Director, reported an 11 percent increase in receipts from 2020.
The upcoming completion of the Lehigh expansion has made booking a hotel/motel room fairly difficult, but with the opening of the Hampton Inn in Bedford, an additional 487 rooms are available for individuals coming to enjoy Lawrence County.
Chastain also shared that with the 75th Mitchell Persimmon Festival coming up in 2022, it will be featured on the cover of the Lawrence County Tourism Festival Guide for this upcoming year.
Chastain also shared results from other ventures over the past year, including the Holiday Lights at the Spring Mill campground saying vehicles waited their turn in line all the way out to State Road 60 to see the lights.
Several one-day events are being planned for 2022 as well to provide more opportunities for visitors, and Hoosiers to see.
For more information about what you can do in Lawrence County, you can visit the Lawrence County Tourism website.