Bourbon distilleries report record number of visitors

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Bourbon distilleries in Kentucky are reporting a record number of visitors.

A statement from the Kentucky Distillers’ Association says nearly 1.2 million people visited distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour last year. That comes on the heels of a milestone in 2016, when visitors made more than 1 million stops at distilleries.

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Officials say along with the upswing in visitors, the number of participating distilleries is also increasing with three more added last year and more expected this summer.

Noting that there’s been an increase in visitors over the last nine years, Kentucky Distillers’ Association President Eric Gregory predicted that 2018 would be another banner year for bourbon tourism in the state