COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) - Tourism officials in a southern Indiana county say bad spring weather and corporate travel cutbacks are driving down local hotel tax revenue.
Hotel lodging revenue has fallen nearly 16 percent in Bartholomew County this year. Based on estimates, the county's hotel lodging receipts are down nearly $1.3 million from the previous year.
Hotel Indigo general manager Cindy Waddle tells The Republic this year's hotel lodging figures are being compared to last year's big surge in hotel lodgings tied in part to Indianapolis successful hosting of the Super Bowl in February 2012.
Columbus Area Visitors Center executive director Lynn Lucas says she expects business to pick up for the rest of this year, largely because of several sports-related events coming to Columbus.
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