Indiana Dunes Tourism has released its annual visitor report. It shows the Visitor Center assisted people from 49 states and 38 foreign countries last year.

February 4, 2015

News Release

PORTER, Ind. - Indiana Dunes Tourism assisted nearly 80,000 people – including visitors from 49 states and 38 foreign countries – at its Visitor Center during 2014, according to its just-completed annual visitor report.

Indiana Dunes Tourism said its visitor register was signed by people from such distant locations as Australia, China, Korea, Poland, France and Russia last year. Germany had the highest number of visitors who signed the register.

More than 3 million people from across the world visit the Indiana Dunes each year, making it the biggest tourist attraction in Porter County, said Lorelei Weimer, executive director of Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism agency for Porter County.

Weimer said the Visitor Center’s location at 1215 N. State Road 49 in Porter is ideal for assisting visitors because it is located just minutes from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park. She said the Visitor Center’s location also makes it easy to direct people into the cities and towns of Porter County for unique dining, lodging, shopping and attractions.

“We are pleased that people from across the country and the world are interested in our destination, and we do all we can to assist them so they get the most out of their visit,” Weimer said.

An Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore study showed 2 percent of visitors are international visitors, 40 percent are from Illinois, 40 percent are from Indiana and 18 percent are from other states.

In addition to assisting walk-in visitors, Indiana Dunes Tourism last year distributed about 200,000 copies of its guides, including the Indiana Dunes Country Activities Guide, which provides a comprehensive look at all there is to do in Porter County.

Indiana Dunes Tourism also had 350,075 users of its website – www.indianadunes.com – during 2014. That is a 30 percent jump from the previous year.

Weimer said 66 percent of prospective visitors who saw the tourism bureau’s materials actually visited Indiana Dunes Country and 34 percent of people who received the information visited an additional attraction, 28% increased the dollars they spent and 21% increased the length of their stay.

Source: Indiana Dunes Tourism