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Awards presented at annual Chamber of Commerce banquet
By Linda Waggener
"Thank a tourist," speaker Kristen Branscum, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism, said at the Chamber of Commerce annual Awards Banquet May 16, 2017, "because their visits to Adair County and the money they contribute to the economy put $237 a year into each of your households." This was one of three statistics featured in a game she played prompting the audience with questions about benefits and impact of the tourism industry in the state and specifically in Adair County.
The tourism industry in Kentucky is the third largest revenue producer, behind automotive and healthcare.
She said that really good things are happening in Kentucky because of strong growth in the tourism industry which results in 193,000 jobs, ten percent of state jobs.
Adair County's tourism economic impact in 2016 grew to $15.9 million, a 9.5% increase over 2015, showing how much growth there was from year to year.
The Columbia-Adair Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet celebrates award winners elected by members with the winner of each category being presented a placque, and citation of achievement from both Rep. Bam Carney and Sen. Max Wise.
The following awards were presented with special introductions:
- J.D.Zornes was honored as the outstanding professional/business man of 2017, introduced by Adam Zornes.Click in on links, above, expands to story on that particular award.
This story was posted on 2017-05-17 14:44:29
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