Increase of 4.4 percent from 2013
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 4, 2015) — The economic impact of tourism in Kentucky amounted to nearly $13.1 billion in 2014, a 4.4 percent increase from 2013, according to a new report, Gov. Steve Beshear announced today. This is the first time the tourism impact figure has exceeded $13 billion.
The economic impact of tourism has increased by more than $2.2 billion over the past five years, resulting in more than 13,000 jobs, Beshear said.
All nine tourism regions of the state reported increased tourist spending for 2014.
Tourism supported 179,963 jobs in Kentucky in 2014, an increase of 4,217 jobs from 2013. Those jobs generated more than $2.9 billion in wages for Kentucky workers, an increase of nearly $123 million from the previous year.
Tourism generated $1.37 billion in tax revenues for local and state governments in 2014, an increase from $1.31 billion in 2013.