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Local Tourism Contributes Nearly $153 Million to Scott County Economy

GEORGETOWN – Cabinet of Tourism, Arts and Heritage Sec. Don Parkinson 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.

Thousands of visitors visit attractions in Georgetown, Kentucky each year. In 2015, nearly 25,000 visitors took the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Tour, voted one of the top 10 industrial tours in America. These visitors came from all 50 states and 77 countries. Also in 2015, nearly 20,000 visitors toured Old Friends Retired Thoroughbred Farm including 90 motor coach tours.

“The amount of visitors to the Georgetown/Scott County area is evidence that Georgetown is a vacation destination for people from all over and the numbers are growing,” said Lori Saunders, Executive Director of Georgetown/Scott County Tourism.

In addition, many of the visitors to Georgetown visit the Kentucky Horse Park for events such as the Rolex Three Day Event and participate in events like Georgetown’s Horsey Hundred bike race. These visitors have filled hotels, eaten at local restaurants, shopped in downtown Georgetown and boosted Georgetown’s local economy, improving the quality of life for visitors and residents alike.

According to the “Economic Impact of Kentucky’s Travel and Tourism Industry – 2014 and 2015,” Scott County had nearly $153 million in total travel spending up $6 million from 2014. For the 15-county region that includes Scott, expenditures were a little more than $3 billion.

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