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Travel Insider - Sept. 9 - Issue 16

1)  Travel South USA Tour Planner - Information Needed
2)  Bon Appétit Appalachia Luncheon Honors 47 Sites
3)  ESTO Recap
4)  Media Lead – Deadline Sept. 12
5)  Holiday Gift Cards

1)  Travel South USA Tour Planner - Information Needed
     For two decades, Travel South USA and The Group Travel Leader Inc. have produced the group travel industry's most comprehensive tour planning reference on the South.  As 2015 is Travel South USA's 50th anniversary, the planner will look back to 1965 to compare where we were and where we are now. From our partners, we need information by Sept. 22 on the following topics:

1.  Destinations that will be 50 or over in 2015. Include your website, a contact name and phone number.

2.  Any destination or attraction that has been in operation 50 months or less, specifically in the culinary industry (restaurants, cooking schools, etc.). Include website, two- to three-sentence overview, contact name and phone number. 

3.  Milestones in Southern travel and tourism history. This would be any event from 1965 on such as the first welcome center, or a major event first held in Kentucky.

4.  Top festivals and events. We can submit only five, but if you feel yours has the best story include the website, a two- to three-sentence overview and a contact name and phone number.

5. The planner will be featuring sidebars on wineries, breweries, and distilleries (no problem for Kentucky). Include website, and contact name and phone number. 

Please send all information to Marge Bateman by Sept. 22. 

2)  Bon Appétit Appalachia Luncheon Honors 47 Sites
     On Sept. 3, 47 food destinations were honored by Governor Steve Beshear at Berea's Historic Boone Tavern. These sites appear in the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) map-guide, “Bon Appétit Appalachia.” The luncheon and workshop was developed and sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism.
     The ARC's map-guide is part of an overall initiative to promote Appalachia's local food economy. The map-guide was featured in the summer 2014 issue of Food Traveler magazine, available on newsstands until Sept. 30. The map-guide can also be found at www.visitappalachia.com.

3)  ESTO Recap
     Congratulations to Louisville and all who assisted in making the ESTO (Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations) conference the best ever.
      With a record attendance from across the country of over 650 participants, Louisville and Kentucky showed off Unbridled Spirit and Southern hospitality.
     U.S. Travel Association did an outstanding job providing sessions that held your interest and provided insight to attract more visitors to attractions. The Travel Effect initiative (Don't give up your vacation days.) was carried throughout the sessions, providing the benefits of vacations to the individual and to the travel industry as a whole.

4)  Media Lead – Deadline Sept. 12
     Know anyone who’s built a new deck or porch? For Kentucky Living’s May 2015, Home Improvement issue, Kentucky Living needs people to share their awesome new outdoor space. They’re seeking porches and/or decks homeowners have built themselves or had built; covered or uncovered; the more creative and inviting the better as the magazine requires something highly visual.  Photos need to be taken as soon as possible, while the weather is still nice. Contact Kathy Witt at KathyWitt24@gmail.com by Sept. 12.

5)  Holiday Gift Cards - Info Needed

     The Travel and Tourism Department’s monthly e-newsletter, which is distributed to about 200,000 travelers around the country, will feature a story in November about Kentucky attractions offering special holiday gift cards. If your attraction offers a gift card that would make a nice holiday present, we want to know about it. Please send your information, including price and how to order, by Sept. 22 to Bob Adams, bob.adams@ky.gov.                          


The Kentucky Department of Travel & Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet,which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. Tourism in Kentucky has an economic impact of more than $12.5 billion, supports about 175,746 jobs and generates $1.3 billion in taxes.                   

(The Travel Insider is a bi-weekly publication of the Kentucky Department of Travel & Tourism.)


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