The Danville-Boyle County Convention & Visitors Bureau has received the latest figures on the economic impact of tourism for 2003, released by the Kentucky Department of Travel. While many other Kentucky counties showed significant declines in tourism, Boyle County realized a 12.2 percent increase in tourism expenditures, which has an economic impact on this community of over $35.8 million.
The Department of Travel noted that not only does tourism provide 792 full-time equivalent jobs for Boyle County residents, but each household in Kentucky would pay $905 more per year in taxes without the impact that tourism dollars generate in our state. Boyle County's tourism ranking also rose from 40th to 35th in Kentucky.
Kay Berggren, Executive Director of the Convention & Visitors Bureau, says "This is very good news for Boyle County. Of the top 60 counties with tourism marketing programs, we had the largest increases in the state of Kentucky. This tells us the efforts of the Convention & Visitors Bureau and the whole community are effective. We are pleased that we can share our area with more visitors than ever before and impact our local businesses and citizens so favorably."