Each year the Travel Industry Association in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Travel & Tourism does Economic Impact Surveys of the Tourism Industry in all Kentucky Counties. In 2010 over $22.4 million were total expenditures spent in Trigg County at our local Tourism related businesses. A company named Certec out of Lexington does the actual survey in Trigg County and uses a state multiplier component to derive each county’s economic impact. One other part of the Impact includes number of employees in the Tourism Industry for the County. In 2010 that number was 1,149 employees for Cadiz and Trigg County.
So yes – The Bucks do stop in Trigg County and they are spent here also.
Thanks to all our local businesses that help partner with us to provide quality Tourist related experiences here in Cadiz and Trigg County. From hotels, resorts, campgrounds, B&B’s, marinas, restaurants, vacation homes, cabins, attractions, golf courses, retail stores, grocery stores, gas stations, local government services, and of course the local hospitality of our citizens all play an important part in the Tourist Industry here in Trigg County. We all are on the same team.
I want to be able to create more visits to our area. I want to see restaurants serve more meals, I want to see more people spend the night in our accommodations, I want to see the retail shopping busy with customers, I want to see activities for our own residents but welcome guest’s to them with our sincere appreciation. These are goals I think we can reach with creativity, resources, and the cooperative efforts of each one of us. I am asking each of you reading this to be on our Team.
The Kentucky Revised Statutes provide funding options for Tourist Commissions like the one we have for Cadiz-Trigg County. There are only two funding options under current law. One is a Transient Room Tax that can be put in place by the Fiscal Court or a Restaurant Tax that can be enacted by a City of the fourth and fifth class by the City Council.
The Trigg County Fiscal Court has adopted an Ordinance that allows the County to collect a 3 percent Transient Room Tax. This is collected each month by the County Treasurer and then submitted to the Tourist Commission for their operating budget. There is about a six-week lag time from when Transient Taxes are collected until Fiscal Court approves the funds for Commission use.
The average budgeted amount from tax collection is $125,000 per year.
So many factors influence our tourism industry – high fuel costs, weather, lake levels, school start dates, attractions and of course competition from other communities near and far from us. It is difficult to compete in marketing our area when others are having such large budgets to work with. It is a challenge and the Tourist Commission is working hard and efficiently to get the biggest bang with the limited bucks we have.
Kayak Trip Down Little River
Our trip down the Little River was beautiful. I now have much more respect for someone in a kayak that’s for sure. Thanks again for the brave souls that joined me with a special thanks to Jeff Kempf and Little River Kayaks, Magistrate Rick Nelson, Commissioner Gary Polete and my son Clay who wouldn’t let me out of his sight. We are working on a Grant application from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department to see if we can create a safe access point and parking for visitors and residents to be able to enjoy the scenic beauty along the Little River. We will keep you updated on our progress.
Fall is Here
“Silence of the Hams”- Murder Mystery at Lake Barkley State Resort Park; Horse Show – Trigg County Riding Club at the Trigg County Recreation Complex; Cadiz Cruz In – Downtown Cadiz; Trigg County Country Ham Festival; Halloween Weekend – Prizer-Point Marina & Resort; Fall Fine Art & Craft Show – Lakeland Artisans Guild; Halloween Safe – Night Downtown Cadiz. Check out www.cadiz-lakebarkley.com for more information.