Kentucky Tourism

3:20 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Kentucky Withdraws Tourism Incentives for Ark Encounter


Kentucky has withdrawn its offer of tax incentives for a Christian theme park in Northern Kentucky.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.

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5:55 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Kentucky Tourism Board OKs $18 Million In Tax Incentives for Ark Encounter

Model of Ark Encounter

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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3:31 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Regional Tourism Bureau Funding Hit Hard by State Budget Cuts

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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.   

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2:08 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Proposed Spending Bill Could Hit Local Tourism Hard

The upcoming state spending bill could have a big impact on local Kentucky tourism.
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  Convention and Visitors Bureaus all over the Commonwealth are concerned about nine million dollars in potential cuts to tourism in the two year state spending bill, significantly affecting CVB advertising money statewide.

According to Erin Carrico, Executive Director of the Murray CVB, this advertising budget blow would severely disable the bureau’s ability to advertise locally, nationally, and internationally to 

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4:28 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Beshear's Budget Recommends Cutting Tourism Funds, Even Though It Is Already Behind Most States


Kentucky’s tourism industry is seen as a money making business in many communities across the Commonwealth. But, money to invite travelers to Kentucky still lags behind neighboring states.

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6:31 am
Fri October 11, 2013

KY Tourism Touts Scary Places This Halloween

The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism has created a Halloween website listing many of the chilling attractions around the state.

Ghost tours offer a different perspective of historic sites in downtown Louisville, Paducah, Bardstown and Henderson, from haunted hotels to eerie historic homes.

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9:26 am
Tue October 1, 2013

KY Parks Still Open


Kentucky tourism officials want tourists both in and outside the Commonwealth to know that they’re still open for business.  Despite the federal government shutdown that closed national parks and historic sites, Kentucky’s state parks, state-funded agencies, and welcome centers are open and operating under normal business hours. 

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4:27 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Tourism Up More Than 4 Percent From 2011

A new report says the economic impact of tourism in Kentucky grew again last year.

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.

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