Kentucky’s tourism industry generated an economic impact of nearly $11.7 billion in 2011, a 3.3 percent increase over the previous year.
The tourism industry is one of the state’s largest, supporting 169,932 jobs in 2011 that generated more than $2.6 billion in wages. Tourism generated $1.22 billion in tax revenues for local and state governments in 2011, up from $1.19 billion in 2010.
All nine tourism regions showed gains for 2011.
“The state’s ‘There’s Only One’ tourism promotion campaign points out the unique tourism attractions we have in Kentucky,” said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Marcheta Sparrow, “which is part of the reason our tourism industry continues to grow.”