“To promote economic development in Henry County, Indiana through promotion and expansion of the visitor and tourism industry.”
In 1988 under the auspices of the New Castle Area Chamber of Commerce (now known as the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce), community groups gathered to discuss how the business of tourism could be started in Henry County. A busy year followed this gathering with all work being done by volunteers.
On April 24, 1989 the Henry County Commissioners passed Ordinance 2-4-89 creating the business of tourism in Henry County and just two days later the Henry County Council passed the ordinance creating the five percent uniform county innkeepers tax. This is a user tax that only affects the citizens of Henry County if they stay in one of the local lodging facilities (motels, bed and breakfasts, or cabins).
Volunteers continued to work on establishing the foundation of this new business during the remainder of 1989. In 1990, the first paid employees were brought on board and the Chamber released responsibility of the organization.
Throughout the years, marketing efforts of the CVB have made a very positive impact in Indiana county tourism. We have been instrumental in several county projects like the first billboard being placed on Interstate 70. We have featured many local attractions in the Indiana Travel Guide, one of the best marketing opportunities provided to all Indiana counties through the Indiana Department of Tourism. Our activities with the East Region have dramatically increased in the past few years.
The CVB’s website first came into existence in 1997 and has gone through a number of changes. The year 2000 marked the website having its own identity at www.henrycountyin.org. The website has been updated to correspond to the new Henry County visitors guide listing numerous attractions, lodging facilities, and a calendar of events. Additional feature stories have been added throughout the years allowing web users the opportunity to learn more about our area!
Although the Convention & Visitors Bureau office location has changed throughout the years from the Byrket Center, to downtown, to back out on State Road 3, the objective of the Bureau has remained to promote the hospitality industry in Henry County while providing quality informational services to both residents and visitors alike. The year 2009 brought the move to our current location which has 2 offices, a board room, display area, copy room, full basement, and storage room, with space to expand.
The Henry County Convention and Visitors Bureau has been able to make great strides for tourism in Henry County over the past years. The visitors guide has given numerous people a greater awareness of Henry County, its attractions, and activities.
The CVB is staffed by one employee, the Tourism Commission, the CVB board, and volunteers.