Kentucky tourism http://wkyufm.org en Kentucky Tourism Numbers, Tourism-Related Jobs Edge Up http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-tourism-numbers-tourism-related-jobs-edge <p><br />Kentucky added over 1,700 jobs in the tourism sector last year, bringing the total number of commonwealth residents employed in the tourism industry to 175,000.&nbsp; Bob Stewart, Kentucky’s Secretary of Tourism, Arts and Heritage says the number of jobs dependent on visitors is actually a lot more.&nbsp;</p><p>“We think about the front-line folks, but there are lots of other jobs,” said Stewart. “People who are involved in marketing; people who are involved in management of business and attractions and so-forth and so-on. It really does ripple through the economy.”</p><p>Overall, Kentucky saw a 2.6 percent boost in tourism spending, bringing the overall economic impact to $12.6 billion in 2013.&nbsp;<br /><br />Stewart says the Bourbon Trail and so-called “adventure tourism”, or activities that make use of the state’s natural resources – are among the reasons for the boost in tourists.&nbsp; He also says the number of industry conventions and business meetings are also on the rise.&nbsp;<br /> Mon, 05 May 2014 22:22:01 +0000 Emil Moffatt 47599 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Tourism Numbers, Tourism-Related Jobs Edge Up Kentucky Tourism Up More Than 4 Percent From 2011 http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-tourism-more-4-percent-2011 <p></p><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.&nbsp; That's up about four and a half percent from the previous year. In addition, the report credits tourism for 174,000 jobs and $2.7 billion in wages.</p><p>In a statement, tourism officials give partial credit to growth of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.</p><p>The series of distilleries has drawn steady interest since it's inception in 1999, but broke an attendance record last year, drawing over half a million visitors. Mon, 06 May 2013 20:40:30 +0000 30492 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Tourism Up More Than 4 Percent From 2011