Cheryl Cook, Executive Director for the Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said “Christian County ranks 14th out of 120 counties, with an economic impact of $143 million for 2015. The Western Waterlands, Christian County’s tourism region, had a 5.8% increase over 2014, with Christian County having a 4.02% increase.”
“Spending by visitors has strengthened Christian County’s economy by creating jobs, supporting local businesses from gas stations to retail stores and generating tax revenues to support our community. The county employs 1132 people in the hospitality/tourism industry” Cook said.
The economic impact of tourism in Kentucky was $13.7 billion in 2015. The report showed that tourism had a statewide increase of 5.0 percent from 2014.
“We’ve loved seeing our local attractions and events grow and prosper. These are local businesses that open their doors to visitors and locals to experience our community, and they help to enhance and grow our area,” said Cook; “It is a great thing for our community, as well as the entire Commonwealth.”
The increases in Christian County are due in part to efforts of the Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau through the promotion of events that draw in visitors such as the Kentucky Bunco Bash, the Trail of Tears Intertribal Pow Wow, the Hopkinsville International Festival, and the Edgar Cayce Hometown Seminar. The CVB also has an Event Assistance Grant Program that provides start-up funds to assist groups in bringing new events to the county. These events will bring in more people to the hotels, restaurants, and stores, stimulating the Christian County economy.