Visitors to LaPorte County spent more than $600 million in 2012, according to a study ordered by Visit Michigan City LaPorte, the county’s convention and visitors bureau.
The study also found the amount spend was just under $35 million more than in 2010. The economic impact was measured by dollars spent at local businesses such as restaurants, retail stores and gas stations by visitors during their stay in the county.
More than $105 million also was created in total wages during 2012.
Among the top attractions are Blue Chip Casino, Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets and you-pick orchards.
"These studies are integral to what we do because they give people a tangible look at how much money tourism brings into the county," Visit Michigan City LaPorte Executive Director Jack Arnett said.