Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries Draw Record Number of Visits

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky distilleries are reporting another record year for bourbon tourism in the state that produces most of the world’s bourbon.

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association says tourists made a record 1.4 million stops at distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour in 2018. KDA says that represents a 370 percent increase in the past decade.

KDA says the Kentucky Bourbon Trail logged 1 million visits for the first time since its creation in 1999. It says the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour – which includes smaller distilleries – tallied 340,000 distillery stops, the most since its founding in 2012.