The executive director of the Spencer County Visitors Bureau is counting 2014 as a successful year. Melissa Brockman says improvements at Monkey Hollow Winery, Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort and Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus all contributed to a “great year for attracting visitors.” February 11, 2015

News Release

SANTA CLAUS, Ind. – The Spencer County Visitors Bureau reports that continued investment by local businesses contributed to another successful tourism year. New businesses, additions and improvements to county attractions, and special events helped make 2014 a great year for attracting visitors to the county.

“Local tourism businesses are consistently striving to improve the visitor experience,” says Melissa Brockman, executive director of the Spencer County Visitors Bureau. “With more special events throughout the year, the tourism season offers families things to do from late spring through the Christmas season.”

Highlights of the past year include:

-A new attraction, The Kringle Haus Werkstatt, featuring a coffee caf?, local artisan items for sale, and a wine tasting room for Monkey Hollow Winery opened in Santa Claus, Indiana.

-Holiday World & Splashin' Safari added a classic swinging ship ride called Mayflower, Wildebeestro restaurant, Safari Outpost shop, Friday Night Fireworks from June 13 to August 1, additional cabanas, remodeled Mrs. Klaus' Kitchen, and more.

-Additions and improvements at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort.

-New exhibits and facility improvements at Santa Claus Museum & Village.

-Vineyard and equipment upgrades, building renovation and expansion, and landscape enhancements at Monkey Hollow Winery.

-Lincoln Amphitheatre added two weeks to the performance schedule of “A. Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale.”

-Santa's Cottages added a fishing lake and expanded Elf Park to include more playground equipment.

-Family Fall-O-Weekends packages contributed to a 19 percent increase in innkeeper’s tax collected during September and October.

-The innkeeper's tax collected in December increased by 6 percent, which is attributed to the three-weekend Santa Claus Christmas Celebration.

Spencer County is home to nationally known attractions such as Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, and Lincoln's Indiana Boyhood Home with national and state parks. The Visitors Bureau encourages guests to stay overnight and visit the many attractions, shops, and restaurants.

For more information about Spencer County as a destination for family fun, call (888) 444-9252 or visit www.SantaClausInd.org and www.IndianasAbeLincoln.org on any device.

Source: Spencer County Visitors Bureau

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