Commonwealth Journal

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September 7, 2007

Tourism still a bright spot in 2007

Mounce says Lake Cumberland still focal point of area tourism

Somerset — The numbers aren’t yet in for 2007 — the first year Pulaski County experienced the effects of a lowered Lake Cumberland — but if figures from 2006 are any indication, tourism remains a strong source of income for the county.

Tourism in Pulaski County increased 8 percent in 2006 and added $90,420,243 to the county’s economy, according to statistics released by the Kentucky Department of Tourism in July.

“These numbers clearly show, in dollars and cents, how valuable tourism is to Pulaski County and all other counties in Kentucky,” says Randy Fiveash, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Tourism.

“The tourism money that is spent in our communities circulates several times into the area economy. That means more people benefit, and more jobs are created.”

Pulaski County’s numbers are part of an overall 6.6 percent statewide increase in tourism in 2006, which equates to $10.1 billion being added to the state’s economy.

Out of surrounding counties in Kentucky’s “southern lakes region” — which includes Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne — Pulaski County experienced the sixth largest growth percentage from 2005 to 2006. Over the last three years, from 2003 to 2006, Pulaski County has had the fourth largest growth percentage.

“We have worked hard here in Pulaski County to attract more visitors to the area,” says Carolyn Mounce, executive director of the Somerset-Pulaski Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“Thanks to strong local leadership and the beauty of Pulaski County, we’ve been successful. We are looking forward to even more growth in the future.”

Mounce lists several local events which she believes has helped the county’s tourism numbers — Somernites Cruise, SomerSplash water park, the Master Musicians Festival, and the Sinking Valley and Cedar Creek wineries, to name a few.

“Haney’s Appledale Farm and the Mill Springs Battlefield are also great attractions,” she adds.

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