Kentucky’s tourism industry generates over $15 Billion in 2017

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The economic impact of Kentucky’s tourism industry has grown to more than $15 billion in 2017, according to the Department of Tourism.

In an announcement Monday, the department said all nine of the state’s tourism regions registered gains again in 2017.

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Kentucky’s tourism industry saw an increase of 3.8 percent over the previous year and supported over 195,000 jobs.

The Department of Tourism says Kentucky tourism generated more than $1.5 billion in tax revenue, with $202 million going directly to local communities.

The department says the state’s signature tourism industries of horses, bourbon, music, arts, outdoors and culinary helped reach new audiences and position Kentucky as a top-tier travel destination for visitors internationally and domestically.