The Lexington Visitors Center, located in the heart of downtown Lexington inside Victorian Square, welcomed a record number of visitors over the first six months of 2013.
Well over 10,000 visitors stopped by the Center to discover more about the tourism offerings in Lexington's Bluegrass Region.
This record visitation represents a 170% increase over the same period in 2012.
The Lexington Visitors Center moved to a temporary location inside Victorian Square in May of 2012 and into the permanent location in October of 2012.
Julie Schickel, Lexington Visitors Center manager stated: "We have seen a tremendous increase in traffic at our new location, both from leisure travelers and meetings and conventions attendees. The more visible location and the high level of foot traffic at our new location yielded a record 10,266 visitors in just six months, which is nothing short of remarkable!"
The Lexington Visitors Center includes 1,500 square feet of interactive displays and informational kiosks designed to intrigue and inspire visitors to explore the rich heritage of Lexington and the Bluegrass Region.
Split into five main areas, the Visitors Center features information on horse attractions, Bourbons of the Bluegrass, historic attractions, 'Explore My Lex', dedicated to art, music, and cultural events, and Beyond Grits, an area devoted to regional cuisine, unique restaurants, and our growing wineries and ever evolving craft brewery movement.
Jim Browder, president Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau commented: "Success in the hospitality industry can be achieved with just two of three key elements; great product, great people, and great location. We are extremely fortunate to have all three."
The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau is a destination sales and service organization that promotes Lexington and the Bluegrass Region as a premier destination for convention, business and leisure travel.
For more information, visit www.visitlex.com.