Kentucky Tourism Shows Strong Growth in

Kentucky Tourism Shows Strong Growth in

The economic impact of Kentucky tourism was more than 14 billion past year, that's according to the Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet.

The Kentucky Department of Tourism says details will be released Monday morning at Corsair Distillery in Bowling Green.

Commissioner Kristen Branscum said the report shows that tourism is "a vital economic driver" for the state.

Kentucky tourism supported nearly 200,000 jobs and made more than $1.5 billion in tax revenue. The breakdown for Fayette County for tourism impact during 2016 was $1.3 million in direct spending and just over $2 million in total impact.

Officials say they will continue to build on Kentucky's signature tourism industries of horses, bourbon, music, arts, outdoors and culinary to attract visitors.