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Oct 28, 2014 - Issue 19



1)  Culinary Website Launched

2)  Hank Phillips Named New President and CEO of KTIA

3) Kentucky's Innkeeping Educational Conference and Exhibitor Trade Show - Nov. 16-17

4)  KFEA Conference - Register Now

5)  Paducah Receives Shining Example Award

6)  Conde' Nast honors Mint Julep Tours

1)  Culinary Website Launched

     Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism Commissioner Mike Mangeot has announced a series of initiatives to promote culinary tourism in Kentucky, beginning with the launch of the food-focused website KentuckyCuisine.com.

     The Department kicked off its culinary efforts in July, when 47 food destinations in eastern Kentucky were recognized in the national map-guide, Bon Appétit Appalachia. The map-guide was developed by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to showcase Appalachia's distinctive food destinations.

     KentuckyCuisine.com serves as the initial source for information on culinary destinations across the Commonwealth, from the major cities of Louisville and Lexington to the hidden gems in smaller markets. The website offers visitors a chance to explore local restaurants, farms, farmers markets, breweries, wineries, culinary trails, events and recipes specific to Kentucky. Local chef highlights and videos will also be featured on the website, offering users an inside look from the experts.

     As part of his tourism update at the recent KTIA conference, Mangeot also introduced a revamped version of KentuckyTourism.com, the Commonwealth's website promoting travel in Kentucky. The redesigned site has a new look as well as responsive design to adjust automatically to the device being used.  View Commissioner Mangeot’s complete presentation here.   

2)  Hank Phillips Named New President and CEO of KTIA

     The Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) announced the appointment of Hank Phillips as its new president and CEO at its annual conference in northern Kentucky. Mr. Phillips has held the position of deputy commissioner of the Department of Travel and Tourism for the last five years and previously headed the National Tour Association. With his many years in the travel industry, Hank will be able to step in and bring positive improvements to the organization.    

     Hank begins his new position on Nov. 1.

3) Kentucky's Innkeeping Educational Conference and Exhibitor Trade Show - Nov. 16-17

     Innkeepers and owners, innsitters, future innkeepers and companies that provide services to the innkeeping industry in Kentucky are invited to attend the Kentucky Innkeeping Educational Conference which will be held in the University Club at the University of Louisville.

     Details and registration are available here.  For additional information, contact Todd Allen at info@kentuckybb.com or call 859-481-4403.

4)  KFEA Conference - Register Now

     The Kentucky Festivals and Events Association (KFEA) annual conference will be held Nov. 14-15 at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort. Registration includes conference materials, meals, excellent speakers and hospitality. The opening keynote speaker is the Tourism Arts and Heritage Secretary Bob Stewart. 

     Further information and registration can be found at www.kfea.com.  Questions can be directed to Iris LaRue at abe@lincolnmusuem-ky.org or call 270-358-3163.

5)  Paducah Receives Shining Example Award

     The Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) received the 2014 Tourism for Tomorrow Shining Example Award from Southeast Tourism Society (STS) for the organization's leadership in pursuing UNESCO Creative Cities designation as a sustainable tourism development strategy.

     UNESCO had designated Paducah the world's seventh City of Crafts & Folk Art in the Creative Cities Network in November 2013. This designation was due to the hard work by the tourism office. The UNESCO designation is stimulating visitor response and driving sustainable tourism development that will preserve the local culture.

6)  Conde' Nast honors Mint Julep Tours

     Congratulations to Mint Julep Tours for being chosen the  No. 2 "Best Guided Spirits Tour" in the United States.  The article can be seen 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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