Kentucky Tourism

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The Kentucky Department of Tourism says a national study found the economic impact of outdoor recreation in the state jumped to $12.8 billion last year, up from $8.4 billion in 2012.

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Officials of a Noah's Ark theme park have sold their main parcel back to a for-profit affiliate days after Kentucky's tourism agency said the park had breached an incentive agreement that would refund a portion of the sales tax collected at the site. 

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Kentucky's tourism agency has suspended a tax break worth up to $18 million for a Noah's ark biblical attraction after the park transferred its main property to a nonprofit affiliate. 

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  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.

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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. 

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