(LAWRENCE CO.) – The Lawrence County Tourism budget of $330,531 for 2021 was approved by the Lawrence County Council.
Tonya Chastain Lawrence County Tourism director gave the county council members an update on the 2020 tourism season.
Chastain reported receipts were down about 25 percent, with some of the biggest decreases in revenue around May and June. However, October was a good month with outdoor activities. Revenue for the Month of October was up about $1,800.
Outdoor recreation was one of the biggest means of attracting many to Lawrence County during this pandemic.
Spring Mill State Park had a total of 720,000 visitors this year, but two months of that was without any gate fees.
Chastain told the county council members they are planning for a Williams Covered Bridge Dinner. Chastain stated many have called and asked about the event.
The construction has started at Lehigh. This project continues to attract workers and guests to Lawrence county.
The Hampton Inn is expected to be completed around September of 2021.
Several railroad workers made improvements to the CSX east and west rail line in the county. This too attracted outside visitors to the county.
Lawrence County Tourism page has many social media activities that promote Lawrence County.