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Carlisle County has partnered with a marketing research consulting firm to study ways to boost economic development and tourism. 

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State officials say tourists spent more than $19 billion in Tennessee in 2016, an increase of 5 percent compared with the previous year.

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A year after the legislature set aside an extra $18 million to make improvements to Kentucky’s state parks system, officials say the facilities have “turned the corner” on the way to being safer and more inviting to tourists.

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An executive order from the White House has hiring at Mammoth Cave National Park in limbo. 

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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.

Hopkinsville Parks & Recreation

Hopkinsville city officials are rebranding the annual Little River Days Festival and moving it from May to August.

Now known as the Summer Salute Festival, the event’s move to the end of summer aligns with 2017’s total solar eclipse, expected to draw thousands of tourists to the prime viewing location in Hopkinsville.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

"The Home of Superman," an ancient Native American city, a casino on the river, the birthplace of an African American film pioneer. These are just some of the unique things that drive tourism to Metropolis, Illinois. The Greater Metropolis Convention & Visitor's Bureau has a new director, returning to the position she initially helped create. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with director Trish Steckenrider about how the organization has grown, initiatives coming next year and some lesser known aspects of tourism in the community.

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  The Lake Barkley Tourist Commission is reshuffling its budget after the Kuttawa City Council voted to leave the commission earlier this year.

Tourism director Debi Dodd says Kuttawa represented about a third of the commission’s $400,000 budget. She says the commission will now work with $260,000 collected through Lyon County’s transient room tax and the city of Eddyville’s restaurant tax.

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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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