Tourism impact climbs in Kentucky, tops $13 billion

Tourism’s economic impact is up in Kentucky, and Gov. Steve Beshear says last year’s total was more than $13 billion.

That’s an increase of 4.4 percent from 2013. The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet says it’s the first time the tourism impact figure has been more than $13 billion.

Beshear says the economic impact increase by more than $2.2 billion and 13,000 jobs during the last five years.

The annual survey showed that tourism supported almost 180,000 jobs in Kentucky last year, up more than 4,200 jobs from the previous year. That resulted in more than $2.9 billion in wages for Kentucky workers, almost $123 million more than the previous year.

Tax revenues were also up, with tourism generating $1.3 billion for local and state governments last year.

Related Articles

Festival of Trees being held this weekend in Mt. Vernon You can get into the Christmas Spirit and help out a Christian based human services facility in southern Illinois.
Cashier’s kindness goes viral Walmart cashier takes time to help customer count out payment in pocket change after he leaves his wallet at home.
Pets and their owners invited to annual Santa Paws event in Benton, KY The Humane Society of Marshall County is hosting its annual Santa Paws event on Saturday, November 18.
Rev. Jesse Jackson discloses Parkinson’s disease diagnosis The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he's been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson's disease and plans to dedicate himself to physical therapy.