The unprecedented growth of the Kentucky Bourbon Industry continues. There are three new distillery projects on the drawing boards that will be under construction in the near future. The J.W. Rutledge Distillery in Oldham County, The Kentucky Owl Park in the heart of Bardstown, KY, and another new distillery by Diageo in Lebanon, KY. These new projects will have combined construction costs of over 300 million dollars, adding to the current 8 billion dollar annual impact of the Bourbon Industry on Kentucky's economy.
We expect Bourbon tourism to continue grow beyond the 1.2 million visitors that toured Kentucky's famous Bourbon Distilleries in 2018. Travel the Trail Tours is expanding to meet the demands of Bourbon lovers from around the world. I just heard a rumor about another distillery project, I will see what I can find out about that.