During the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority's monthly board of directors meeting on Thursday, July 23, a resolution was passed supporting the renovation and addition to the Indiana Dunes State Park pavilion. The renovation and addition are anticipated to generate an expected $9 million in annual economic impact.

Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore CVA, said the project will reclaim an asset, the Indiana Dunes State Park pavilion, which can continue to provide avenues of growth, leadership and sustainability, while preserving the region's integrity and natural beauty.

"The Indiana Dunes is one of Indiana's top tourist destinations; however, visitors are not staying more than a couple hours during their visit and spend very little money," explained Batistatos. "The renovation and addition of the Indiana Dunes State Park pavilion will draw more visitors to the Indiana Dunes and the South Shore, create significant economic impact, and spur further investment in our region."

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority leads and supports the visitor industry along the South Shore through the marketing and development of the region from convention, sports, gaming and special interest travel segments, thereby increasing economic impact, creating employment and enhancing the communities' quality of life. For more information on the South Shore CVA, visit www.southshorecva.com.