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October 12, 2013

Tourists spend over $118M in Pulaski

CVB pleased with 2012-2013 fiscal year results

Somerset —

It appears that tourism in Pulaski County is looking better than ever. 
Carolyn Mounce, executive director of the Somerset-Pulaski County Convention and Visitors Bureau, told members of Pulaski County Fiscal Court during Tuesday’s meeting that state numbers indicate more than $118 million in tourism dollars were spent in the county during the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which ended June 30. 
“Tourism is alive and well,” said Mounce. 
The area has no doubt seen somewhat of a resurgence since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that a six-year rehabilitation of Wolf Creek Dam would come to an end by March 2013. The lake level had been lowered significantly while repairs were underway to the dam, which left many boat ramps and docks in the Pulaski County area largely unusable. 
The rehabilitation, coupled with the recession that took hold in 2008, left many struggling. 
But Pulaski County has emerged from the other side, and the summer was a relatively busy — in spite of unseasonably rainy weather — for Lake Cumberland, thanks to raised water levels and an improving economy. 
Mounce said that a wet, dreary July 4th weekend — one that left many fireworks displays rained out — didn’t put much of a dent in the area’s tourism revenue. Mounce said people sought entertainment in other places besides the lake, such as Somerset’s two movie theaters, Mill Springs Battlefield, and more. 
“I still say the lake is the focal point of the area,” said Mounce. “But even the July 4th holiday we had that was really rainy ... It drove the people off the lake. They didn’t leave town ... they enjoyed other things we had to offer.” 
Mounce said the $118 million brought in during the 2012-2013 fiscal year resulted in around $2.8 million in local tax revenue. 
The lake is expected to be up to normal levels and undergoing normal operations by summer 2014. 

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