Pulaski County says its seen economic growth since pandemic
SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ) – While the tourism industry took a beating in many places during the peak of the pandemic, some areas where outdoor recreation is big managed to dodge heavy losses. One of those is Pulaski County, where Michelle Allen with the tourism bureau says the region actually has seen some tourism industry growth. According to the bureau, the number of visitors went up ten percent from 4 million people to 5.5 million just last year. Visitors spent a total of 115 million dollars in the Lake Cumberland area in 2020.
Allen says its been refreshing to see a lot of new people come to Cumberland with 50 percent of people using the lake,trails, or hiking and biking.
“We started to see that increase at the beginning of the summer..And then towards the end of the summer when things started to get a little bit lax they still were coming because they felt so comfortable being in the outdoors,” says Allen.
Typically the lake’s busy season lasts from memorial day to labor day but over the last three years they’ve seen it extend into autumn months.