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Boyle County experiences increase of $3.6 million in tourism spending, revenues up 4.3 percent


Boyle County saw an increase of $3.6 million in tourism expenditures in 2015, an increase of 4.3 percent, according to the Danville Boyle County Economic Development Partnership.

The region also experienced record growth with an increase in expenditures topping 4.9 percent. Further, the Danville Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau saw its best year to date in 2015 bringing in over $175,000 in transient room tax and 2016 is poised to exceed that in revenue.

“Spending by visitors has strengthened Boyle County’s economy by creating over 800 jobs, supporting local businesses from gas stations to retail stores and generating tax revenues to support our community,” said Jennifer Kirchner, executive director of the Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Spending by visitors has strengthened Boyle County's economy by creating over 800 jobs, supporting local businesses from gas stations to retail stores and generating tax revenues to support our community (Facebook Photo)

Spending by visitors has strengthened Boyle County’s economy by creating over 800 jobs, supporting local businesses from gas stations to retail stores and generating tax revenues to support our community (Facebook Photo)

Kentucky’s tourism industry generated $13.7 billion in economic impact during 2015, an increase of five percent over the previous year. The industry supported more than 186,000 jobs, including 6,200 jobs created in 2015. Kentucky tourism generated more than $1.43 billion in taxes, with $184.9 million going directly to local communities. These are the strongest overall numbers the Commonwealth has seen in the past 10 years.

Cabinet of Tourism, Arts and Heritage Sec. Don Parkinson recently announced that Kentucky’s tourism industry has experienced the strongest overall economic impact growth rate the state has seen since 2005. All nine of the state’s tourism regions registered gains for 2015 compared with 2014.\

“There continues to be momentum for tourism throughout Kentucky,” said Parkinson. “Kentucky is blessed with signature industries such as bourbon and horses. Authentic Kentucky destinations continue to draw people to the Commonwealth.”

“In Boyle County we are strongly positioned to see this trend continue” said Kirchner. “We have a tremendous amount to offer the heritage and cultural traveler. If you want to enjoy Kentucky you have to start with Danville because we are the birth place of the Commonwealth. In addition, we have the sacred ground of the Perryville Battlefield, which captures not only our significant history but also the beauty of the Bluegrass. Arts of all types, outdoor offerings and the success of Centre College and industry all contribute to our continued growth.”

“The economic impact numbers for 2015 reinforce the fact that the tourism industry continues to be an economic driver for Kentucky,” said Department of Travel and Tourism Commissioner Kristen Branscum. “Our growth in 2015 is a great indicator of how well we are marketing Kentucky and the encouraging way visitors are responding.”

The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism plans to build upon the six pillars of Kentucky Tourism (horses, bourbon, music, arts, outdoors and culinary) over the next year with creative marketing and programming that will reach new audiences and present Kentucky as a top-level destination.

Additionally, the budget approved by Gov. Matt Bevin includes $18 million in additional funding to improve the safety and aesthetics of Kentucky State Parks. These improvements will strengthen Kentucky’s tourism industry.

From Danville Boyle County Economic Development Partnership


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