tourism http://wkms.org en Beshear's Budget Recommends Cutting Tourism Funds, Even Though It Is Already Behind Most States http://wkms.org/post/beshears-budget-recommends-cutting-tourism-funds-even-though-it-already-behind-most-states <p></p><p>Kentucky’s tourism industry is seen as a money making business in many communities across the Commonwealth.&nbsp;But, money to invite travelers to Kentucky still lags behind neighboring states.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:28:11 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 38237 at http://wkms.org Beshear's Budget Recommends Cutting Tourism Funds, Even Though It Is Already Behind Most States Dawson Springs Mayor on Becoming Kentucky's First "Trail Town" http://wkms.org/post/dawson-springs-mayor-becoming-kentuckys-first-trail-town <p>Kate Lochte visit with Dawson Springs Mayor Jenny Sewell on <em>Sounds Good</em> to learn more about the road, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and blueway trails earning the community the Kentucky Trail Town designation. Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear designated Dawson Springs as the state's first "Trail Town" as part of an effort to promote and develop adventure tourism opportunities across the Commonwealth. The city is developing several outdoor attractions including Pennyrile State Resort Park and State Forest, Tradewater River and Wildlife Management Area, and the Jones-Keeney Wildlife Management Area. <a href="http://www.kentuckytourism.com/links/trailtown.aspx">Read more the about designation on Kentucky Tourism's website</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:04:07 +0000 Kate Lochte 35132 at http://wkms.org Dawson Springs Mayor on Becoming Kentucky's First "Trail Town" Freedom to Fish Act Becomes Law http://wkms.org/post/freedom-fish-act-becomes-law <p></p><p>President Barack Obama signed the Freedom to Fish Act into law today, placing a two-year moratorium on restricting fishing access to the tailwaters of dams on the Cumberland River.</p><p>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wanted to install signage and a line of buoys separating fishermen from what they characterize hazardous waters. Legislators like Sen. Mitch McConnell felt that the economic impact on tourism outweighed any potential dangers.</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:14:55 +0000 John Null 31854 at http://wkms.org Freedom to Fish Act Becomes Law Tourism Up More Than 4 Percent From 2011 http://wkms.org/post/tourism-more-4-percent-2011 <p>A new report says the economic impact of tourism in Kentucky grew again last year.</p><p>The study reports a $12 billion impact for tourism last year. That's up about 4.5 percent from the previous year. In addition, the report credits tourism for 174,000 jobs and $2.7 billion in wages.</p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 21:27:01 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 31473 at http://wkms.org Tourism Up More Than 4 Percent From 2011 Kentucky Bourbon Trail Hits Half-Million Visitor Mark http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-bourbon-trail-hits-half-million-visitor-mark <p></p><p>For the first time since its inception, over a half million people last year traveled the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.&nbsp; The new attendance record represents a 15 percent increase over 20-11.&nbsp; Kentucky Bourbon Trail Experience Director Adam Johnson says there were visitors from all 50 states and over 50 countries. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:32:55 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 27317 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Bourbon Trail Hits Half-Million Visitor Mark Southern Illinois Tourism Office Opens http://wkms.org/post/southern-illinois-tourism-office-opens <p></p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:28:13 +0000 Dave Shinall & The Associated Press 22086 at http://wkms.org Southern Illinois Tourism Office Opens Illinois Sees Boost in Tourism http://wkms.org/post/illinois-sees-boost-tourism <p>Illinois&nbsp;had a record number of visitors in 2011, with more than 93 million&nbsp;tourists.&nbsp; The state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity said the state saw an 8.4 percent bump last year, bringing in over $31 billion for the state economy.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:13:13 +0000 The Associated Press 19643 at http://wkms.org Illinois Sees Boost in Tourism Tourism and Crime Statistics Have Not Cleared the Air in Marshall County as Alcohol Vote Nears http://wkms.org/post/tourism-and-crime-statistics-have-not-cleared-air-marshall-county-alcohol-vote-nears <p>On July 17th, Marshall County will settle an issue that has divided the area for months, whether or not to allow the purchase of alcohol within county lines. Sun, 15 Jul 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Casey Northcutt 19182 at http://wkms.org Afternoon Update 5-7 http://wkms.org/post/afternoon-update-5-7 <p>From <strong>NPR</strong>: Scientists say dinosaurs <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/05/07/152203680/scientists-estimate-dinosaurs-passed-enough-gas-to-warm-up-the-planet">passed so much gas</a>, they affected climate enough to cause their demise.</p><p>From the <strong>Four Rivers Region</strong>:</p><p>The case against a man charged with the fatal 1998 Murray State University dormitory fire, <a href="http://www.wkms.org/post/dorm-fire-trial-moves-marshall-county">will move from Calloway to Marshall County.</a></p> Mon, 07 May 2012 21:43:46 +0000 Chad Lampe 17891 at http://wkms.org Afternoon Update 5-7 Economic Impact of Tourism in McCracken County showed an increase of $8.1 Million in 2011 http://wkms.org/post/economic-impact-tourism-mccracken-county-showed-increase-81-million-2011 <p>The Kentucky Tourism, Arts &amp;&nbsp;Heritage Cabinet released the results today of the examination of&nbsp;the Economic&nbsp;Impact of Tourism for 2011.</p><p> Mon, 07 May 2012 21:30:13 +0000 Staff Report 17890 at http://wkms.org Economic Impact of Tourism in McCracken County showed an increase of $8.1 Million in 2011