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Travel Insider


July 22, 2014 - Issue 13

1) Official Visitors Guide Proofs 
2)  ESTO Registration Reminder
3)  Marketing Outlook Forum: A Global Perspective (MOF)
4)  Media Lead – Pawn Shops

1) Official Visitors Guide Proofs  
     The listing proofs for the 2015 Kentucky Official Visitor's Guide have been mailed to all county representatives.  If you are a rep and haven't received your copy or have any questions, please contact Kathy Yount at kathy.yount@ky.gov or call 502-564-8110 ext. 120.
2)  ESTO Registration Reminder
     U.S. Travel Association's Educational Seminars for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) will be held in Louisville, Aug. 24-26. The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism has partnered with ESTO to extend the early bird registration rate, which was to expire in May, to all Kentucky destination marketing organizations (DMO). It is $630.00 for U.S. Travel Association (USTA) members and $800.00 for non-members.
     To make this an even better value, KDTT has designated ESTO eligible for reimbursement through the Tourism Marketing Incentives co-op program which allows DMOs to apply for a 90 percent reimbursement.
    Registration can be done through the ESTO website at www.ustravel.org/events/esto . Use the code Kentucky#1. Any Kentucky partner that has already registered at a higher rate will be provided with a refund. Requests for refunds should be made to the ESTO Registrar at ESTO@ustravel.org.

3)  Marketing Outlook Forum: A Global Perspective (MOF)
      The Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) conference, Marketing Outlook Forum: A Global Perspective (MOF) will be take place Oct. 20-22 at the Loew's Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. This event is the leading travel forecast conference combining industry networking and quality educational programs. Click here to register.  
      For additional TTRA information, click here.

4)  Media Lead – Pawn Shops
     Writer Gary West is seeking hi-end pawn shops in Kentucky for a magazine article.  These are ones that cater to more expensive merchandise.  If you know of such a shop, please email Gary at west1488@twc.com or call 270-846-0859.


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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