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2012 Adair tourism: $11,136,903, up from $10,566,321 in 2011

'Breaking News...Tourism Spending Rises in Adair County in 2012. . . tourism is an industry, the third largest in Adair County. In other words, tourism is economic development.' - SUE STIVERS

By Sue Stivers
Executive Director, Columbia/Adair County Tourism Commission

In keeping with a statewide trend, the annual survey of tourism spending in Kentucky shows an increase in Adair county for 2012. Total expenditures in Adair county for the past year was $11,136,903.00 compared to $10,566,321.00 in 2011. This shows that visitors are coming to our county and spending money.


"The dollars spent by visitors have strengthened Adair County's economy by supporting local businesses from gas stations, motels and restaurants to retail stores and generating tax revenues to support our community" said Sue Stivers, Executive Director of the Columbia-Adair County Tourism Commission. Stivers also said the "tourism is an industry...the third largest in Adair County. In other words, tourism is economic development."

Tourism is one of Kentucky's top industries, with annual economic impact in 2012 of more than $12.2 billion, an increase of 4.4 percent from 2011.

The annual survey also showed that tourism was responsible for 174,006 jobs in Kentucky last year, an increase of 4,078 jobs from the previous year. These jobs generated more than $2.7 billion in wages for Kentucky workers, an increase of $117 million from 2011.

Tourism generated $1.227 billion in tax revenues for local and state governments in 2012, an increase from $1.223 billion in 2011.

"The Kentucky tourism industry continues to do well, which is good news for all of us," Gov. Steve Beshear said. "These figures illustrate the importance of tourism in Kentucky as well as in communities big and small across the Commonwealth."
Marcheta Sparrow, Secretary of the KY Dept. of Travel and Tourism said, "this is great news for our tourism industry in Kentucky and follows the announcement earlier this year that the water level at Lake Cumberland is going up...which should help tourism in the ten-county area. "We want to build on these successes and keep adding more attractions and jobs for Kentuckians."

"The increase in our numbers is a great reflection on the tourism professionals across the state," said Commissioner Mike Mangeot. "Working together, we will continue to increase the economic impact of our industry."

For additional information contact Sue Stivers at 384-6020, or stop by the office at 201 Burkesville St. and visit with Kathy Johnson, Administrative Assistant. The Welcome Mat is always out at 201 Burkesville Street. - Sue Stivers, Executive Director, Columbia/Adair Tourism Commission. Phone 270-384-6020.


This story was posted on 2013-05-20 09:38:26
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