Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pike County says tourism spending up nearly $6 million

(AP) — Tourism dollars are flowing into Pike County as officials there report an increase of nearly $6 million in visitor spending in 2015.

A release from the county's tourism board says the influx of spending is good news as the region's coal economy continues to slump.

Pike tourism executive director Tony Tackett says marketing efforts have focused on bringing in "group travelers, history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts."


Numbers from the state say direct tourism spending in Pike County for 2015 was $69.4 million, an increase of $3.8 million from 2014. Add to that an increase in indirect spending of $2 million over the same time period and the county has seen a boost of about $5.8 million. Indirect spending represents the recirculation of the direct spending dollar in the community.