Washington County Tourism Impacts

Kevin Lewis / Community Education Channel

It’s one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. Washington County, Utah is not only seeing a high growth rate, but is also experiencing worldwide tourism. Washington County Tourism Director Kevin Lewis explains why and how these visitors are helping locals pay the bills.

Energized. Inspired. Rewarded.

Kevin Lewis / Southern Utah Business Magazine

If you had suggested to early explorers that one day tourism would be one of the largest private sector employment groups in this area, they would have laughed you off the expedition trail. In the mid-1800s, Parley P. Pratt called this area a “poor and worthless” place. He described it as “a country in ruins turned inside out and upside down by terrible convulsions in some former age.” Today, people from all over the world are flocking to experience this “country in ruins,” and with them come millions of dollars in economic prosperity.

Read the full article in the Fall 2018 Issue of Southern Utah Business Magazine