See You in Terre Haute launches a new mobile application | Local News
A new “See You in Terre Haute” mobile application launched on Tuesday allowing visitors and residents to discover restaurants, accommodations, events, parks, shopping, museums and attractions.
“The goal is for this app to be a one-stop-shop for those who want to eat, play and stay in Terre Haute,” said Josh Alsip, director of community engagement for the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, who associated with Terre Haute. Haute Convention & Visitors Bureau to create the mobile application.
Tourism, one of the six goals of the Chamber’s The See You In Terre Haute 2025 community plan, is targeted as a way to grow the town’s population and promote the area.
“As we seek to grow population and increase per capita income, we understand that bringing people from outside our region to see and experience what we have to offer is vital,” he said. said Alsip.
“The Indiana Destination Development Corporation shows that when someone visits a city, they are exponentially more likely to consider moving there,” Alsip said. “Terre Haute and Vigo County have about 300,000 visitors a year, and that’s expected to grow,” he said.
Alsip said The Mill, an outdoor concert hall, attracts 50,000 people; the LaVern Gibson 50,000 Cross Country Championship Course; and the Verve, which hosts the annual Blues at the Crossroads music event, attracts 10,000 visitors.
Tourism is a $30 million industry in the city, when restaurants, hotels and fuel sales are included. The county could top $3 million this year in revenue generated from a tax on county innkeepers, Alsip said.
The mobile app was created to “make visiting Terre Haute fun and efficient. We are one of the only communities of our size to have this type of platform for community members and visitors to provide the best overall experience , which makes them more likely to consider moving to our community in the future when given the opportunity,” Alsip said.
Mayor Duke Bennett said that once the Queen of Terre Haute Resort Casino comes online and the Terre Haute Convention Center is fully completed with more hotel rooms, the city expects to attract 1.3 to 1 .5 million visitors per year. The casino is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.
“We’re all tourism-oriented and have really pushed that from a community plan perspective,” Bennett said. “Making an app like this allows us to promote the community even more. You have to be in the game and it allows us to do the kinds of things we need to do to communicate with those who visit our community.”
The mobile app in the future could feature offers from local businesses, such as a free appetizer, Alsip said.
“We also invite our local business owners to engage with the app and tell us how we can do better,” he said. “We know it’s completely complete at the moment. It’s possible that a company is missing the app, but don’t worry, feel free to send us your information.”
Alsip noted that much of the work for the new app was done by college interns Greta Pfaff, a student at Indiana State University and daughter of State Representative Tonya Pfaff, and Samuel Ford. , a Purdue University student and son of State Senator Jon. Ford.
“These are two bright young minds that we have in our community. Samuel has done a lot of software development in the app…and Greta with the Chamber has done a lot of research, photo taking and data entry,” said said Alsip. “Young people in our community have the opportunity to really move us forward and I think this is an example of how they can use their skills and talents to make Terre Haute a better place to live,” Alsip said. .
Ford said developing the app “was a long process,” taking about 18 months. “I did this after my first year as an internship. It was my first chance to sit down with a client, the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and the Terre Haute Visitors and Convention Bureau, and to see what they wanted in the app.
“I took that and developed the app,” said Ford, who is studying computer science.
Alsip noted that “the goal is for this app to be a one-stop-shop for those who want to eat, play and stay in Terre Haute.”
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