County benefits from state’s top tourist draw
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
May 18, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Interest in the area is on the rise with Land Between the Lakes ranked as the number one tourist destination in the state.

Last week’s release of the 2010 Economic Impact figures suggested there was a slight gain for Trigg County over 2009 with total expenditures reaching $22,419,000, which Bill Stevens, executive director of the Cadiz/Trigg County Tourism Commission, talked about at that group’s meeting Thursday afternoon.

Stevens said that while total expenditures in the state increased by 4.8 percent last year, total expenditures in the Western Lakes and Rivers Region of Kentucky, which includes Trigg County, only increased by 2.8 percent, while total expenditures in Trigg County only increased by about $300,000.

Stevens said that according to the recent Adventure Tourism meeting held at Lake Barkley State Resort Park, adventure tourism has been listed as one of the top four growth industries in the region, which is a good thing for local tourism.

“Tourism is actually being considered now an industry, and I think now it’s getting a little bit of the respect, especially … in the PADD district offices and maybe in our governmental offices,” Stevens said. “It does impact economically the community … It’s an area that has been recognized, especially by this study, as well as many other studies, as a potential growth market.”

Stevens also said that the Cabela’s King Kat fishing tournament, to be held at Prizer Point Marina, has been pushed back to Saturday, Aug. 20, as people were worried about lake levels and about finding routes to the Marina where the roads weren’t closed.

It was originally scheduled for May 14 but was pushed back because of lake levels, said Stevens, who went on to say that a Kids Fishing Rodeo was instead scheduled for May 14.

In other news, the Tourism Commission has now officially on Twitter. Stevens told the board that with the new website up and running, he’s giving updates on what’s happening in the area on the social networking site, which lets give people updates 140 characters at a time.

Those wanting to subscribe to the Tourism Commission’s Twitter feed can find it at the their website at www.gocadiz.com, or at www.cadiz-lakebarkley.com.

With social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook becoming more and more popular, Stevens and board member Gary Polete said that the use of social media as an advertising tool is now a necessity.

“I have been experimenting in working with Facebook postings and Twitter,” Stevens said.

Polete said, “It’s a huge way to get the next generation involved in Trigg County and Cadiz.”

Stevens also updated the board about the $1,500 and the $20,000 the Tourism Commission will receive from the Cadiz/Trigg County Economic Development Commission and the Trigg County Fiscal Court, respectively.
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