Indiana marketing takes to the trails

In March, the Indiana Office of Tourism Development announced it would be taking applications for Indiana Tourism Trails grants. Now, several communities around the state will be awarded individual grants of up to $10,000.

As WIBC reports, 11 communities won a total of $75,000 to set up the trails, which will showcase the various attractions each location has to offer. In an interview with the source, office spokeswoman Amy Vaughn said the inspiration for the grant came from the success of wine- and golf-themed trails.

Some organizations also won grants, such as the Southern Indiana Regional Marketing Cooperative. The ideas for trails and tours were varied, ranging from the Nickel Plate Arts Tour spanning the Nickel Plate railway line in Hamilton County to the Indian Caves Trail in Harrison County, the source points out.

"These trails will connect visitors to areas that showcase Indiana's culture, arts and heritage," Lt. Governor Becky Skillman said in the March announcement. "Our tourism industry partners know that visitors are attracted to areas that offer a unique experience. We want to be able to assist in that effort."

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