Warren County Tourism Increases in 2012

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email

"That equals to every Warren County household, a lower tax bill, and lower unemployment rate as well. Almost 200 new jobs were created in the hospitality industry in our region last year, and it's going to be almost 9,200 jobs in our ten-county region that are directly attributed to the travel and hospitality industry," says Marissa Butler with the Bowling Green Convention & Visitor's Bureau.
 

The Kentucky Tourism Cabinet has released the state's tourism statistics, and Warren County is continuing to bring more visitors and dollars to the area.

More tourism dollars in Bowling Green could affect residents in a positive way.

Last year, Warren County collected nearly $225 million tourism dollars, increasing five percent from the year before.

Warren County collects an occupancy tax for every visitor who visits the area.

Those taxes go to help tourism-related attractions, but more tourism could help local citizens.

"That equals to every Warren County household, a lower tax bill, and lower unemployment rate as well. Almost 200 new jobs were created in the hospitality industry in our region last year, and it's going to be almost 9,200 jobs in our ten-county region that are directly attributed to the travel and hospitality industry," says Marissa Butler with the Bowling Green Convention & Visitor's Bureau.

Several hotels and a bed and breakfast have been opened in Bowling Green within the last year and the Convention and Visitor's Bureau doesn't see that growth slowing down.

"We're very optimistic that we'll continue to see this growth patter continue," Butler says.

"It was a small town where it wasn't overly crowded, overly filled with traffic that you could get from point A to point B easily, like many of the towns in Florida where we came from, the people were friendly, all the amenities that you could possibly need," describes Spongie Acres Bed and Breakfast owner, Jaunnie Kronenberger.

Kronenberger and her husband moved to Kentucky several years ago and opened Spongie Acres in October.

The bed and breakfast is geared toward accommodating THE Bowling Green tourist.

"We thought we were going to get a whole bunch of families. You know, the young families with kids. But our visitor really is truly older. They may be the empty nesters, of course with the Corvette enthusiasts as much as they flood the market here at certain times of the year," Butler says.

Spongie Acres has a several-thousand square foot garage allowing Corvette enthusiasts to park their cars overnight.

"So far the Corvette people that have come here have been really tickled about that. They don't have to worry about their cars. It's a very secure environment for them," Kronenberger says.

Bowling Green's newest hotel TownPlace Suites is expected to open sometime this week.

Warren County ranked fifth in the state for tourism last year.


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