First and foremost we have three outstanding awarding winning tourism commissions in Harlan County that work hard each day to get the word out about our area.
What we do is lend a helping hand and we have been doing this since 2009. Now with www.visitharlancounty.com and our travels each year to six different states the word is getting out even bigger. We also include links to our local newspapers so that folks can keep up with what all is going on in Harlan County when they are not here.
We attend over a dozen outdoor shows, festivals, wood craft shows every year where we hand out information about our county in a “Thank You Bag” we hand people brochures, business cards and flyers from our local business people, and in the absence of those items we print our own postcard size ad with the website name, which lets visitors know where they can eat, where they can stay, what they can do, and where they can shop with our business sponsors in our county. A picture of the ad and thank you bag is in our photo gallery.
We also send out hundreds of emails to businesses in other states that relate to what we offer here. ATV, horseback, hiking, motorcycle trails, and mountain biking type business people get these emails. We will see just over 39,000 people this year face to face and they will be handed information about our county. Our business people, tourism boards, are all coming on board with this. Century 21 has a new presence in Harlan County which will let our visitors know about homes, and land that is available in our county. With the towns of Evarts and Cumberland in the final phase of being named a “Trail Town Destination” this will only help with major public relations at the state level, we have to take advantage of this and keep it going.
With our jobloss issue getting larger each month, we must promote what we got and demand assistance from our local, state and federal government in pushing our county. Check out the website and plan on helping to place Harlan County on the “Kentucky Trails Map.”
Polly and Preston McLain