2017 Tourism breaks Records

Last year was a banner tourism season for Ludington and Mason County, with the highest-ever hotel room rental income, increased event attendance, and more visitors to attractions. The new Port of Ludington Maritime Museum attracted 10,000 visitors since opening in June 2017.

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“Ludington keeps evolving its product offerings with new and exciting attractions and events like the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum and Love Ludington weekend, while continuing to offer favorite traditions that bring people back,” said Brandy Henderson, executive director of the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Clearly our numbers show that Ludington continues to be a hot visitor destination.
In 2017, Ludington area hotels generated $14,235,564 in room rental income – the highest yet in the county’s history – 14.1 percent higher than 2016 and 25.3 percent higher than five years ago in 2013.

The Ludington Area CVB saw a strong year for attendance at events like BrrrewFest, Lakestride, Ludrock and Octoberfest. Ludington State Park led Michigan’s 100-plus state parks with the most camp nights booked and broke its own revenue record. And Sandcastles Children’s Museum saw its best year yet in attendance. Highlights include:


Ludington Area School Board of Education meet tonight

The LASD Board of Education will be meeting today at 6:00p.m. at Lakeview Elementary school. The superintendent’s report will include Oriole Foundation Grant Awards information, Eidex Budget Planning Report for February 2018 and updates on the State Executive Budget. Superintendent Kennedy will also provide a School Safety and Security Update and an update on the Middle School Assistant Principal’s Position. Action Items for the LASD Board of Education includes a Bus and Mathematics Curriculum Purchase and voting on the 2017-2018 Final Budget Revision.


Trustees to award the Technical Center Project tonight

The West Shore Community College Board of Trustees will meet today, Monday February 19 at 4 p.m. in the Boardroom of the Administrative & Conference Building. In the absence of Chairman Bruce C. Smith, the meeting will be conducted by Vice Chairman Richard M. Wilson.


The Jr. MSU Ag-Science Program will present to trustees along with the student senate. Sparling and Ward will provide an Accreditation Update. Trustees are expected to hear the recommendation that the College award the Technical Center Project to the second most affordable bid, Christmann Construction at $188,790.00 If approved, Christmann Construction would begin work in late February with a project completion date set for August 17, 2018. The meeting will conclude with Board Policy Review for Faculty and Educational Support Personnel.

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