Local Corvette Attractions Predicted to Boost Economy

By Evan Gorman | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The 20th anniversary of the National Corvette Museum, along with the grand opening of the Motorsports Park are both happening this week, and city officials are predicting it will positively affect our economy.

"Those are outside dollars coming in and making an impact on our community," City Commissioner, Melinda Hill, said.

The grand opening of the N.C.M. motorsports park is expected to bring thousands of people into Bowling Green throughout the week.

"This is going to impact tourism tremendously, and we are so fortunate to have the motorsports park opening this weekend. Plus, we have the corvette museum and the corvette plant, so there are three things related to motorsports all in one location basically," Hill said.

One local hotel owner says this week is completely booked.

"We have definitely had people still calling trying to get rooms at the last minute. Probably just five minutes ago, I had someone call looking for a room for this week, but it's going to be really hard to come by right now. I think most of the area hotels have been booked for at least a year," The Hotel Sync's President, Preetesh Patel, said.

Patel also says he plans to recommend other activities in addition to their scheduled plans.

"Just to show them the hospitality of Bowling Green, to show them what we have to offer and give them suggestions on other things they can do while in the area whether it's bourbon tours, cave tours, or just seeing whatever else is in the area, along with the corvette museum," Patel said.

Not only will these events boost the local economy, Hill says this track could also bring jobs to the area over the next couple of years.

"What we need to do is get our younger people excited about manufacturing once again, and this motorsports park is going to be one tool to do that. Let them know the exciting opportunities that are out there which they can receive jobs in," Hill said.

The grand opening of the Motorsports Park is scheduled for Thursday, August 28th.

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