Local News
2:11 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Louisville Group Offers Ideas for Boosting Bourbon Tourism

Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL News

A work group tasked with further developing bourbon-centric tourism in Louisville has made its recommendations.

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.

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Local News
4:03 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Jim Wood Resigns as CEO of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Jim Wood
Credit Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Jim Wood no longer leads the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The bureau announced Tuesday that Wood's resignation was effective at a board meeting the same day. 

Wood has been the Convention and Visitors Bureau's president and chief executive  for 11 years; a search for his replacement begins immediately, the bureau said.

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5:13 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Brain Drain Series: 'While I Had Been Away, Louisville Had Grown Up'


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.

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.

Payette sat down to talk for our series on "brain drain" and growing talent in the city. She says when she returned she was looking for new challenges.

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4:50 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Bob Stewart Named Kentucky Tourism Secretary

Governor Steve Beshear has named a longtime tourism veteran to oversee the part of his administration that deals with travel and the arts.

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Local News
6:00 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Kentucky's Tourism Secretary Is Retiring

Marcheta Sparrow

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.

In a statement, Beshear praised Sparrow for the recent growth in tourism, which was up 4.4 percent last year.

The secretary oversees many departments in addition to tourism, including parks, fish and wildlife and others related to the humanities.

Beshear says he will name a new secretary soon. 

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Local News
4:14 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Evan Williams Brings Bourbon Trail to Louisville

Design for Evan Williams Bourbon Experience

It's not just Medicaid that's expanding in Kentucky…the Bourbon Trail is growing, too.

When it opens later this year, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience 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. 

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Local News
11:44 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Lonely Planet: Louisville Top Travel Destination for Bourbon, NuLu and More Bourbon

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For Louisvillians, the top domestic travel destination next year should be Fairbanks, Alaska, says Lonely Planet, the big travel guide publisher.

For everyone else, go to Louisville.

Lonely Planet cites the food and drink on NuLu, the shopping on Bardstown Road and the gobs and gobs of available bourbon in putting Louisville atop its 2013 list of top U.S. travel destinations. 

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Local News
3:38 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

State Approves Tax Breaks for Bluegrass Boardwalk

The Kentucky Tourism Cabinet has approved tax incentives for the re-opening of the Kentucky Kingdom theme park.