Leitchfield Tourism Director Ilsa Johnson recently released a report on the economic impact of tourism in Grayson County in 2017, which saw more than $41.8 million in total tourist spending in Grayson County last year.

The report states that, in 2017, Grayson County tourism activities:

•Generated $26,595,659 in direct tourist spending in 2017, up more than $2 million from 2016;

•Generated $41,808,376 in total tourist spending in 2017;

•Produced $9,216,023 in worker income;

•Created $563,058 in local tax revenues;

•Created $3,814,002 in state tax revenue;

•And supported 765 jobs.

In total, tourist spending increased by 9.5 percent in 2017 over 2016.

The report also states that, on an average day in 2017, visitors to Grayson County:

•Spent $72,865;

•Generated $11,992 in combined state ($10,449) and local ($1,543) tax revenues;

•And generated $25,249 in worker paychecks.

The report also states that, as a result of taxes generated by tourist spending in Grayson County in 2017, each of the 9,840 Grayson County households paid $445 less in local and state taxes.

Note: The tourism economic impact report attributes its findings to the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet's "Economic Impact of Kentucky's Travel and Tourism Industry" study; as well as additional analysis by the Office of Research for the Kentucky Department of Travel & Tourism and the 2015 U.S. Census Bureau.