Kentucky Tourism


  Kentucky officials say the state's tourism industry has reported its strongest economic growth rate in more than a decade. The Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet said on Monday that tourism had a $14.5 billion impact on Kentucky in 2016, up more than 5% from the previous year.


The Kentucky Cabinet for Tourism, Arts and Heritage released a study showing the state has seen its largest overall gain in tourism dollars since 2009.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park, via Facebook

Tourism in Kentucky's 'Western Waterlands' is on the rise. The annual Kentucky Tourism Economic Impact report released Tuesday shows a revenue gain in direct expenditures in every county in far western Kentucky, with the largest percentage gains in Todd and Hickman counties.

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Legislation to implement state regulation of the zip line industry is moving through the Kentucky General Assembly. The measure is proposed to help ensure consistency in construction, training, and rider safety. 


Kentucky’s new Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet Secretary is pledging a renewed effort to fix up the state park system.  

Don Parkinson appeared before the Senate Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor Committee Thursday. Repairs and renovations needed at Kentucky’s parks are estimated to cost $241 million.

Paducah Hotel Project Approved for Tourism Incentives

Sep 9, 2015

A hotel project in Paducah could earn up to $4.5 million dollars in tourism cash incentives. The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority approved the offer today.

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Governor Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane, will head to England this week. Beshear says the United Kingdom sends the most overseas travelers to the Commonwealth.

”This is not about economic development in terms of bringing new companies to Kentucky. But, it is economic development in terms of bringing tourists to Kentucky because as more folks come, they spend their money right here in Kentucky,” said Beshear.

Kentucky has withdrawn its offer of tax incentives for a Christian theme park in Northern Kentucky. The decision comes after the Christian non-profit Answers In Genesis, which controls Ark Encounter, refused to provide written assurance to the cabinet that the park would not discriminate in hiring decisions based on religion.

The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Board has approved $18 million in tax breaks for a controversial Christian theme park in Northern Kentucky.

The board unanimously voted on Tuesday to approve sales tax incentives for the Ark Encounter, a religious theme park to be built in Williamstown. The theme park is controlled by Answers in Genesis, a conservative Christian non-profit that also operates the Creation Museum.

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Local convention and visitors bureaus are looking for ways to cope with a $9 million cut to the Kentucky's regional marketing fund.