Fort Wayne and Allen County are reporting a 4 percent increase in tourism in 2013 compared to the previous year. Visit Fort Wayne says nearly six million visitors traveled to the region in 2013, accounting for around $545 million in economic impact.

February 16, 2015

News Release

Fort Wayne, Ind. — The economic impact of tourism on Fort Wayne/Allen County has experienced solid growth since 2012, according to a new report released by the Indiana Office of Tourism Department and Visit Fort Wayne.

According to the report, Fort Wayne/Allen County welcomed more than 5.8 million visitors in 2013, who directly spent an estimated $545 million dollars. That is a 4.3% increase over the previous study in 2012. Most impressively, the 4.3% increase is more than double the statewide increase of 2%. Additionally, 87 cents of every dollar spent by visitors stays in Allen County, one of the highest in Indiana.

The tourism industry added jobs, too. Tourism employment in Fort Wayne/Allen County grew to 8,970 jobs, a 5% increase over 2012. Over $189 million dollars was paid in salaries and wages to tourism industry employees, which was a 8.7% increase over 2012.

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and Fort Wayne TinCaps have contributed to the increase in tourism. Both have sustained high attendance figures over the last three years. On the convention side, the Grand Wayne Convention Center and Allen County War Memorial Coliseum have hosted more than 200 groups, and brought more than 1.5 million visitors to Fort Wayne/Allen County in 2014.

Visit Fort Wayne is the official convention and visitors bureau for Fort Wayne/Allen County. Its mission is to conduct marketing and sales programs to attract visitors to our convention, exhibition and tourism venues so our community can derive the economic and social benefits of a prosperous tourism industry.

Source: Visit Fort Wayne

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