SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 28, 2016) — Katie Fussenegger, executive director of the ShelbyKY Tourism Commission and Visitors Bureau, has been elected 2017 president of the Kentucky Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (KACVB). Fussenegger took office at the Dec. 16 meeting in Shelbyville.
KACVB is a not-for-profit organization that meets quarterly throughout the commonwealth. The organization’s goal is to improve the public awareness and understanding of the convention and visitors industry’s economic and social contribution to society as well as to monitor and influence government policies and programs affecting members, the convention and visitor industry. Furthermore, to encourage on-going educational opportunities for members which enhance their proficiency and to support high standards of professional practices throughout the convention and visitor industry.
“I am honored to be selected and look forward to serving KACVB as president,” states Fussenegger. “I have a distinct passion for this industry which is a major contributor to the overall success of Kentucky. I look forward to expanding the industry’s impact to the Commonwealth by providing quality educational sessions to our members while also contributing to networking opportunities”. Through KACVB, destination marketing organizations communicate and work with sister organizations including the Kentucky Department of Tourism, Kentucky Travel Industry Association, Kentucky Restaurant Association, Kentucky Hotel & Lodging Association and the Kentucky Marina Association.
Fussenegger will serve as president of KACVB through the year and will conclude her appointment at the December 2017 meeting.
2017 KACVB officers include Vice President-Troy Beam, Shepherdsville/Bullitt County Tourist & Convention Commission; Treasurer-Eric Summe, MeetNKY; Secretary-Nancy Turner, Winchester-Clark County Tourism Commission; Past President-Tricia Noel, Hopkins County Tourist & Convention Commission.
In 2015, tourism brought in 24.6 million visitors to Kentucky, resulting in $8.7 billion in direct expenditures, $1.43 billion+ in tax revenue and 186,204 tourism-related jobs, making tourism the third largest generator of revenue behind the automobile and healthcare industries.