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Tourism is Economic Development

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Economic development had traditionally focused on industrial and manufacturing based business for expansion of the local community's tax base, often overlooking tourism as another viable tax base coordinator.

Sue Stivers, Chairperson of the Columbia-Adair County Tourism Commission and Executive Director of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce said, "Many people view tourism's contribution to a community elusive because it is not characterized by large fleets of trucks, huge warehouses and factory buildings."

But, when you look at the countries with tourism attractions, you will see parking lots of vehicles and employee parking spaces.

You will see large trucks, usually vendor trucks delivering goods to be sold in the restaurants, gift shops, and businesses throughout the city and county.

History has shown that a community that places its primary economic focus on one industrial component, without some economic diversity, will sustain major economic swing through the years.

Tourism is most visible in Columbia and Adair County through the motels, bed and breakfast, Green River Lake-marinas and resorts, campgrounds, restaurants, service stations, retail shops, attractions, special events, festivals, arts, and cultural offerings. But tourism is also visible in the schools, the banks, the government, service shops, and businesses.

When a community makes a commitment to increase economic development opportunities the commitment should include tourism development.

Tourism is a clean industry, benefiting our county with more than $15 million annually while strengthening our economy. Without tourism in Kentucky, taxpayers would have to pay an addition $960.00 per person.

Tourism information is available by visiting the Chamber/Tourism office at 201 Burkesville Street in Columbia or calling 270-384-6020.
Related article and photos, Traveller's Guide to Columbia and Adair County, Scenic Adair County


This story was posted on 2005-08-30 09:30:52
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