Tourism had a greater economic impact on Christian, Todd and Trigg counties last year than it did in 2011.
Numbers released yesterday by the state show just over 128 million dollars was spent in total tourism expenditures in Christian County last year—nearly a 10 million dollar increase from 2011. Todd County saw almost 3.6 million dollars in total expenditures last year, which was about 200 thousand dollars more than the previous year.
Trigg County's tourism, driven heavily by Barkley Lake, totaled almost 27 million dollars, an increase of about 3 and half million from 2011. McCracken County had the greatest tourism impact in western Kentucky at nearly 312 million dollars, followed by Christian and then Marshall County at 114 million dollars.
Caldwell County was up to about 7.4 million dollars in total tourism expenditures, Hopkins increased to 74 million and Muhlenberg increased to about 35 million dollars. No county in western Kentucky lost tourism revenue from 2011 to 2012—which is hopefully a good sign for the region's economy.