Kentucky Bourbon Trail

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12:25 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Sees Need for Added Hotels

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said a string of hotels set to be constructed in downtown Louisville will play a vital role in accommodating the city’s growing tourism industry.

“One of things that is happening in our city and a lot of people don’t recognize it going on, is we’re getting a whole new type of tourist coming to town,” Fischer said.  “We’re going to need a lot of capacity.”

The Bourbon Trail last year attracted nearly 600,000 people and Fischer said “we’re quickly on our way to exceed 1 million.”

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1:52 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Kentucky Bourbon Trail's Visits Jumped 12 Percent in 2013


Kentucky’s bourbon distillers are celebrating a record number of visitors in 2013. The eight facilities that make up the Kentucky Bourbon Trail saw a 12-percent jump in visits last year, with nearly 572,000 visitors touring facilities such as Four Roses, Maker’s Mark, and the recently opened Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in downtown Louisville.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail director Adam Johnson attributes part of the tourism draw to the efforts distillers have made to improve their facilities.

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5:31 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Louisville Group Tasked With Bolstering Bourbon, Food Tourism in City

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Mayor Greg Fischer has formed a work group charged with finding ways to promote Louisville as a top destination for food and spirits.

The plan will include creating a downtown bourbon tourism center for people to catch buses to visit distilleries throughout Kentucky. The idea is, in part, to make the city the "gateway of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail," which drew 509,292 visitors in 2012.

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12:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Louisville Re-Embraces its Bourbon Heritage as Distillers Return to Main Street

These buildings housed some of the many distillery offices and warehouses that made up Louisville's Whiskey Row in the 19th and early 20th centuries
Rick Howlett

For much of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Louisville's waterfront was the marketing center for one of Kentucky’s signature products, bourbon whiskey.

Dozens of distillery owners had offices and warehouses along the Ohio River.    The waterfront operations were known collectively as Whiskey Row.

Those businesses disappeared with Prohibition, but thanks to the libation's new popularity, Louisville is re-embracing its bourbon heritage.

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4:20 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Sets Attendance Mark

For the first time, attendance along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail broke the half-million mark last year.

The 509,000 people who stopped at seven distilleries represent a 15 percent increase over 2011.  Kentucky Bourbon Trail Experience Director Adam Johnson adds many of those visitors ate at local restaurants and slept in nearby hotels.

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