Commission renews Bourbon Trail membership

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By Stephen Lega

Carla Wagner, the executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission, reported that the tourism office has received a lot of traffic since Lebanon was named a trailhead for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
The commission approved paying $10,000 to remain part of the Bourbon Trail this year during its March 10 meeting. Commissioners Nancy Shockency and Joe Hickey were not present for last week's meeting.
Wagner added that Marion County, Bardstown and Shepherdsville provide 70 percent of the bourbon industry, which may give them some leverage to see what they can get for their combined $30,000 membership in the Bourbon Trail.

In other tourism commission news:
- The commission received a report that seven businesses were two months or more behind in turning in restaurant and hotel taxes. Circle J (three months), El Rincon Michoacano (four months), and Generation Gap (three months) were more than two months behind. Cedarwood Restaurant, JDND Food Mart and both Subway restaurants were listed as two months behind as of last week's report.
- Wagner reported that the tourism office has received several requests for copies of the newest Discover guide, which features the Turtleman on the cover. She said a lot of people who asked for copies are hoping to bring it to Lebanon to be autographed.
On a related matter, she said the Turtleman Trek 5K was a success, and it might be the first time she can recall a local organization putting together a tourist event.
- She said they are still talking with Red Pixel about designing an app. This is the same company that designed a tourism app for Bardstown.
- Wagner said she has spoken to Stacy Mattingly of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce and Melissa Knight of the Centre Square Committee about reviving the downtown pole banner project.
- The Bourbon Chase will be returning to Marion County on Oct. 10, and volunteers are needed to help with the race.
- Wagner reported that a Holy Lands Tour Map is being created. She said a meeting would take place soon with representatives from Marion, Nelson and Washington counties.
- Wagner said volunteers are also needed for the 2014 Jets Over Kentucky, which will take place July 6-13 at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport. She added that it would be nice to have a shuttle service to bring some of the model pilots and their families to town during their stay.
- She also reported that Penn's Store is looking for a new host site for some of its Kentucky Writers Day Celebration activities.
- Wagner said the tourism office has had increased online traffic related to "glamping" following an article in Destinations Travel Magazine about local attractions, including the glamorous camping at Pope's Creek Ranch.