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Travel Insider

Dec. 9, 2014 - Issue 22 


1)  ABA VIP Tour - Jan. 13-14 - St. Louis
2)  Travel South International Recap

1)  ABA VIP Tour - Jan. 13-14 - St. Louis
This time next year Louisville will be gearing up to host the "super bowl" of group tour industry shows, the American Bus Association's (ABA) annual Marketplace (Coming to Louisville, Jan. 9-12, 2016.)! If you are interested in attracting more motor coach groups to your establishment, please join the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau (LCVB) VIP tour at the 2015 convention being held in St. Louis. This informative trip is Jan. 13-14, and includes a VIP tour of the marketplace floor and the final night event hosted by the LCVB and the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism. Coach transportation to St. Louis will be provided by Miller Transportation.

Click here for the tentative itinerary and the Miller Transportation reservation procedures, here for the housing form for the Renaissance Grand (the location of the final night event) and here for the registration form for the VIP tour and evening event. Please see notes on each form on RSVP instructions. Please respond no later than December 23.

You will find this VIP tour very informative and will come away feeling the excitement we feel in preparation for hosting this prestigious convention! If you are not able to attend, but are interested in becoming an ABA member, please contact ABA’s membership department at 800-283-2877. Early registration is encouraged so you can be part of marketplace 2016, where, on average, 94 percent of the suppliers book business. This will be even higher since operators will be experiencing Kentucky first hand. Please contact Carol McMasters with any questions at 502-435-5954.

2)  Travel South International Recap
Last week Kentucky delegates attended Travel South International Showcase in New Orleans and met with over 40 international tour operators and media. The Kentucky delegates hosted approximately 350 guests for a Kentucky bourbon reception which featured a Maker’s Mark dipping station which was a huge success.

The Kentucky delegates included Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Lexington Convention & Visitors Bureau, Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bardstown Tourism, Lebanon Tourist Commission, Shepherdsville/Bullitt County Tourist Commission, Owensboro/Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bowling Green Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism (KDTT).

Travel South International Showcase is a great opportunity to showcase Kentucky's assets to international tour operators and media. This is an event that KDTT would encourage everyone to consider participating in next year in Charlotte, North Carolina. Additional information on Travel South International can be found here.

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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.                   

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

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