Includes Harlan, Knott, Letcher and Magoffin counties
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2015) — On Thursday the House Committee on Tourism, Development and Energy unanimously passed a resolution to initiate a study of existing and potential adventure tourism opportunities in Harlan, Knott, Letcher and Magoffin counties.
As part of the resolution the Legislative Research Commission would compile an inventory and examine the economic impact of adventure tourism businesses in the region, identify trends and available resources, and recommend ways the to promote adventure tourism in Eastern Kentucky.
Adventure tourism includes horseback riding, boating, hiking, rock climbing, bicycling, hunting and fishing, and ATV trails. It is estimated to generate more than $500 million in state and local tax revenue and is an increasingly vital segment of Kentucky’s tourism appeal.