News and Music Discovery
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Crews will be continuing work on our WKMT transmitter tower in Water Valley this week. 89.5 FM will be on reduced power starting at 9am each day. We're sorry for the disruption. The WKMS main signal and other signals will not be affected.

Kentucky Tourism Shows Strong Growth in 2016

iStock_000010961672XSmall.jpg
iStockPhoto
/

  Kentucky officials say the state's tourism industry has reported its strongest economic growth rate in more than a decade. The Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet said on Monday that tourism had a $14.5 billion impact on Kentucky in 2016, up more than 5% from the previous year.

Officials say it's the strongest overall economic impact growth rate since 2005, with each of the state's nine tourism regions showing increases. Tourism generated more than $1.5 billion in taxes and supported nearly 193,000 jobs last year, up by about 7,000 from the previous year.

Commissioner Kristen Branscum said the report shows that tourism is "a vital economic driver" for the state.

Officials say they will continue to build on Kentucky's signature tourism industries of horses, bourbon, music, arts, outdoors and culinary to attract visitors.

Related Content