tourism http://wfpl.org en Louisville Group Offers Ideas for Boosting Bourbon Tourism http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-group-offers-ideas-boosting-bourbon-tourism <p>A work group tasked with further developing bourbon-centric tourism in Louisville has made its recommendations.</p><p>The group suggests the creation of a bourbon visitors center, a bourbon and food festival and a bourbon certification for restaurant server and bartenders. They’d also like to see a larger bourbon presence at the Louisville International Airport and a marketing strategy for the city that centers around bourbon and food.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:11:48 +0000 Amy Talbott 9231 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Group Offers Ideas for Boosting Bourbon Tourism Jim Wood Resigns as CEO of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau http://wfpl.org/post/jim-wood-resigns-ceo-louisville-convention-and-visitors-bureau <p>Jim Wood no longer leads the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.</p><p>The bureau announced Tuesday that Wood's resignation was effective at a board meeting the same day.&nbsp;</p><p>Wood has been the Convention and Visitors Bureau's president and chief executive &nbsp;for 11 years; a search for his replacement begins immediately, the bureau said.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:03:30 +0000 Joseph Lord 8389 at http://wfpl.org Jim Wood Resigns as CEO of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau Brain Drain Series: 'While I Had Been Away, Louisville Had Grown Up' http://wfpl.org/post/brain-drain-series-while-i-had-been-away-louisville-had-grown <p></p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 10.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; color: #272727"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.0px">Patty Payette graduated from the University of Louisville with a master's in English, but left the city in 1995 to earn her Ph.D in East Lansing, Mich.</span></p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; color: #232323">Over the years, she would visit Louisville and was able to watch its slow but progressive growth. She returned permanently several years later with her husband and children.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:13:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 6464 at http://wfpl.org Brain Drain Series: 'While I Had Been Away, Louisville Had Grown Up' Bob Stewart Named Kentucky Tourism Secretary http://wfpl.org/post/bob-stewart-named-kentucky-tourism-secretary <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; ">Governor Steve Beshear has named a longtime tourism veteran to oversee the part of his administration that deals with travel and the arts.</span> Tue, 21 May 2013 20:50:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 5492 at http://wfpl.org Bob Stewart Named Kentucky Tourism Secretary Kentucky's Tourism Secretary Is Retiring http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckys-tourism-secretary-retiring <p></p><div dir="ltr" style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><p>Marcheta Sparrow will retire at the end of this month as the Secretary of Tourism, Arts and Heritage. Sparrow was named secretary in 2007 and was one of the original members of Gov. Steve Beshear's cabinet.</p><p>In a statement, Beshear praised Sparrow for the recent growth in tourism, which was up 4.4 percent last year.</p><p>The secretary oversees many departments in addition to tourism, including parks, fish and wildlife and others related to the humanities.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 5449 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky's Tourism Secretary Is Retiring Evan Williams Brings Bourbon Trail to Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/evan-williams-brings-bourbon-trail-louisville <p>It's not<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-expanding-medicaid-under-affordable-care-act-gov-steve-beshear-says"> just Medicaid that's expanding in Kentucky</a>…the <a href="http://kybourbontrail.com/">Bourbon Trail</a> is growing, too.</p><p>When it opens later this year,<a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2012/04/26/heaven-hill-to-open-downtown-bourbon-attraction/"> the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience</a> on West Main Street will become the eight stop on the popular tourist attraction. The facility will be a working distillery with additional features to draw more visitors.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 09 May 2013 20:14:18 +0000 Gabe Bullard 5329 at http://wfpl.org Evan Williams Brings Bourbon Trail to Louisville Lonely Planet: Louisville Top Travel Destination for Bourbon, NuLu and More Bourbon http://wfpl.org/post/lonely-planet-louisville-top-travel-destination-bourbon-nulu-and-more-bourbon <p>For Louisvillians, the top domestic travel destination next year should be Fairbanks, Alaska, says Lonely Planet, the big travel guide publisher.</p><p>For everyone else, go to Louisville.</p><p>Lonely Planet cites the food and drink on&nbsp;NuLu, the shopping on Bardstown Road and the gobs and gobs of available bourbon in putting <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/travel-tips-and-articles/77583">Louisville atop its 2013 list&nbsp;of top U.S. travel destinations.&nbsp;</a></p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:44:26 +0000 Joseph Lord 2811 at http://wfpl.org Lonely Planet: Louisville Top Travel Destination for Bourbon, NuLu and More Bourbon State Approves Tax Breaks for Bluegrass Boardwalk http://wfpl.org/post/state-approves-tax-breaks-bluegrass-boardwalk <p>The Kentucky Tourism Cabinet has approved tax incentives for the re-opening of the Kentucky Kingdom theme park.</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 19:38:52 +0000 Gabe Bullard & Devin Katayama 637 at http://wfpl.org State Approves Tax Breaks for Bluegrass Boardwalk