Hardin County sees $11 million boost in tourism spending


: LAST YEAR, THEY SAW AN $11
MILLION INCREASE IN TOURISM
SPENDING. MORGAN LENTES TALKED TO ONE
LOCAL OWNER WHO SAYS THE BOOST
IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS. MORGAN FROM THE OUTSIDE, RAMIENT
: AND BOON LOOKS LIKE ANY OTHER
DOWNTOWN STOREFRONTS, BUT INSIDE
IS A DIFFERENT STORY.>>THEY WILL THINK, MY GOSH, I
CAN’T BELIEVE I AM ANY TOWN. I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING THAT. MORGAN DEANA WHEELER WAS BORN
: AND RAISED IN E-TOWN. SHE OPENED THIS SHOP A YEAR AND
HALF AGO. SHE SAYS IN THAT TIME, SHE’S
WATCHED HER HOMETOWN BLOSSOM
WITH BUSINESSES.>>FROM WHEN I WAS A CHILD, I
DIDN’T SEE THAT. YOU DROVE DOWN HERE AND IT WAS
NOTHING BUT VACANT, RUNDOWN
BUILDINGS. NOW IT FEELS ALIVE, IT FEELS
HAPPENING, AND IT HAS ITS OWN,
UNIQUE STYLE. MORGAN: ELIZABETHTOWN PRIDES
ITSELF ON BEING UNLIKE ANY OTHER
TOWN, AND I AM TOLD TOURISTS ARE
TAKING NOTICE.>>THERE ARE SO MANY UNIQUE
THINGS TO DO. WE HAVE STUFF FOR EVERYBODY
WHETHER IT IS HISTORY, KAYAKING,
OUTDOORS, WHATEVER IT IS, WE’VE
GOT IT. MORGAN KRYSTA WINSTEAD IS WITH
: ELIZABETHTOWN TOURISM. SHE SAYS THE CITY’S VISITOR’S
CENTER WELCOMED MORE THAN 8,000
PEOPLE LAST YEAR.>>IT IS A CYCLE. IT IS JUST ECONOMIC IMPACT. MORGAN AN IMPACT THAT TOTALED
: $11 MILLION IN 2018. AND THAT’S THANKS IN PART TO A
MASSIVE SPORTS COMPLEX IN TOWN,
WHICH HAS BEEN KNOWN TO ATTRACT
TEAMS AND PLAYERS FROM MORE THAN
30 STATES AT ONE TIME. LOCALS SAY IF EVEN A FRACTION OF
THOSE VISITORS EXPLORE THE AREA,
E-TOWN WINS.>>WHETHER IT IS FROM SOCIAL
MEDIA OR NEWS OR AN EVENT THEY
ARE ATTENDING, OR THEY ARE
WATCHING A BALLGAME AT THE
SPORTS PARK, WE HAVE SEEN AN
INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF OUT-OF-TOWNERS, BECAUSE PEOPLE
WANT TO SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING

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