Economy
3:40 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Kentucky Tourism Up More Than 4 Percent From 2011

Visits to bourbon distilleries like Woodford Reserve are a major part of Kentucky's tourism industry.
Credit Kevin Willis

A new report says the economic impact of tourism in Kentucky grew again last year.

The study reports a $12 billion impact for tourism last year.  That's up about four and a half percent from the previous year. In addition, the report credits tourism for 174,000 jobs and $2.7 billion in wages.

In a statement, tourism officials give partial credit to growth of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

The series of distilleries has drawn steady interest since it's inception in 1999, but broke an attendance record last year, drawing over half a million visitors.