For Immediate Release: May 24, 2016
Contact: Melissa McCaughan
Scott County Contributes Nearly $153 Million to Kentucky Tourism
GEORGETOWN – Cabinet of Tourism, Arts and Heritage Sec. Don Parkinson announced that Kentucky’s tourism industry has experienced the strongest overall economic impact growth rate the state has seen since 2005. All nine of the state’s tourism regions registered gains for 2015 compared with 2014.
Thousands of visitors visit attractions in Georgetown, Kentucky each year. In 2015, nearly 25,000 visitors took the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Tour, voted one of the top 10 industrial tours in America. These visitors came from all 50 states and 77 countries. Also in 2015, nearly 20,000 visitors toured Old Friends Retired Thoroughbred Farm including 90 motor coach tours.
“The amount of visitors to the Georgetown/Scott County area is evidence that Georgetown is a vacation destination for people from all over and the numbers are growing,” said Lori Saunders, Executive Director of Georgetown/Scott County Tourism.
In addition, many of the visitors to Georgetown visit the Kentucky Horse Park for events such as the Rolex Three Day Event and participate in events like Georgetown’s Horsey Hundred bike race. These visitors have filled hotels, eaten at local restaurants, shopped in downtown Georgetown and boosted Georgetown’s local economy, improving the quality of life for visitors and residents alike.
According to the “Economic Impact of Kentucky’s Travel and Tourism Industry – 2014 and 2015,” Scott County had nearly $153 million in total travel spending up $6 million from 2014. For the 15-county region that includes Scott, expenditures were a little more than $3 billion.
“Spending by visitors has strengthened Scott County’s economy by creating jobs, supporting local businesses from gas stations to retail stores and generating tax revenues to support our community,” said Saunders.
Kentucky's tourism industry generated $13.7 billion in economic impact during 2015, an increase of five percent over the previous year.The industry supported more than 186,000 jobs, including 6,200 jobs created in 2015. In Scott County, tourism employment was 1,637.
Kentucky tourism generated more than $1.43 billion in taxes, with $184.9 million going directly to local communities. These are the strongest overall numbers the Commonwealth has seen in the past 10 years.
“There continues to be momentum for tourism throughout Kentucky,” said Sec. Parkinson. “Kentucky is blessed with signature industries such as bourbon and horses. Authentic Kentucky destinations continue to draw people to the Commonwealth.”
“The economic impact numbers for 2015 reinforce the fact that the tourism industry continues to be an economic driver for Kentucky,” said Department of Travel and Tourism Commissioner Kristen Branscum. “Our growth in 2015 is a great indicator of how well we are marketing Kentucky and the encouraging way visitors are responding.”
The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism plans to build upon the six pillars of Kentucky Tourism (horses, bourbon, music, arts, outdoors and culinary) over the next year with creative marketing and programming that will reach new audiences and present Kentucky as a top-level destination.
Additionally, the budget approved by Gov. Matt Bevin includes $18 million in additional funding to improve the safety and aesthetics of Kentucky State Parks. These improvements will strengthen Kentucky’s tourism industry.
Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Commission promotes and supports local attractions, activities and events that attract overnight visitors. For more information, visit http://georgetownky.com.
To learn more about Kentucky tourism, visit www.kentuckytourism.com
Royal Spring Branch Distillery Brings Bourbon Back to Georgetown
GEORGETOWN, KY (February 23, 2016) - When Royal Spring Branch Distillery opens to the public the end of February, they will bring bourbon back to Georgetown, KY.
Operating under the Old Georgetown label, Royal Spring Branch Distillery will produce bourbon, rye whiskey, American whiskey, absinthe, clear moonshine and apple brandy.
Retired from the military since 2014, owner David Adams decided to open the distillery to fulfill a lifelong dream. A direct descendent of John Adams, Adams comes from a long line of family with distilling in their blood.
“Members of my family line were some of the first distillers in Massachusetts. My father moved to Kentucky and we’ve been here ever since,” said Adams. Originally from Campbellsville, KY, Adams has been living in Georgetown since 2008.
Plans for the distillery have been in the works for the last three years. It is currently operational. Adams is shipping 11,000 bottles to get caught up on production before the distillery opens to the public.
Adams has big plans for the future including a series of upgrades for equipment and potentially a larger facility. The 3-5 year plan is to produce 10,000 barrels per year.
Along with their own Old Georgetown label, Adams will produce spirits for two other labels. For Mattingly Spirits out of Lexington, KY, Adams will produce Bourbon 30 single barrel bourbon and rye whiskey 30 single barrel strength.
In addition, he will produce Barrell Bourbon and Barrell Whiskey for Barrel Craft Spirits out of New York. Barrell Whiskey has been rated #4 in the world in Whiskey Advocate, Fall 2015. Starting with Batch 007, Adams will produce Barrell Bourbon in February 2016. Batch 007 will be hitting the shelves at Liquor Barn and Kroger Wine and Spirits in the next two weeks. Approximately 100,000 bottles are scheduled to be produced in the first year.
All of the grain used for the distillery comes from Highlander Feed. “We are making every attempt possible to use only Scott County grain. The soil here creates a very flavorful grain which creates a good flavor for distillation,” said Adams. “The alcohol industry is very much an agricultural industry,” said Adams.
Operating hours for the distillery will be Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Located at 130 South Water Street, the storefront will carry t-shirts, shot glasses and other merchandise. Adams hopes to be on the Kentucky Bourbon Craft Tour by the end of the summer.
Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Announces Festival of the Horse 2016 Dates
GEORGETOWN, KY (February 9, 2016) – The 36th Annual Festival of the Horse located in historic downtown Georgetown will be held on the new dates of September 9-11, 2016. Live music, activities, food, dance, carnival rides and other family fun have been scheduled for the weekend including the Scott County Humane Society Pet Parade on Sunday.
For the third year, a subcommittee of the Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Commission will be organizing the event. “Festival of the Horse is a team effort and our volunteers work tirelessly to bring this community event together,” said Executive Director Lori Saunders.
The Festival celebrates the longstanding equestrian tradition in Scott County. The Kentucky Mounted Patrol and Colt & Filly Review Parade will take place on Friday, followed by the Toyota Grand Parade of Horses and Experience the Horse/Horse Games on Saturday. The Horse Show will take place on Sunday.
The Festival kicks off with the Fireman’s Chili Cookoff on Thursday, September 8. All proceeds from the Cookoff benefit Toys for Tots, an organization whose mission is to provide a new toy at Christmas to less fortunate children.
The local variety dance band, Swing Street, will return to perform Thursday evening. Featuring four distinctively different lead vocalists, Swing Street plays the greatest dance hits from the past and present.
New this year, the Festival hours are 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Vendors must be present in their booths and remain open until 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Vendors are welcome, but not required to stay until the close of the concerts. Booth spaces will be offered on both sides of Main Street from Mulberry to Water Streets.
The Festival is seeking local Arts & Crafts vendors. The Festival Committee will carefully screen all applications. Exhibitors must submit three photographs of the items to be sold, as well as a photograph of the booth. Crafters may share a booth, but each is required to submit photographs.
“We are committed to organizing a quality event that meets past expectations, but also includes some new features that will enhance the experience for residents and visitors alike,” said Saunders.