Tourism Nets Nearly $12B In Kentucky Last Year

May 7, 2012

FRANKFORT, Ky.  -- The overall economic impact of the tourism industry in Kentucky grew slightly to nearly $12 billion last year despite the lingering recession.

Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday a newly released survey showing nearly 170,000 tourism-related jobs in Kentucky underscores the importance of the industry.

The survey showed that the tourism jobs generated more than $2.6 billion in wages, an increase of $76 million over 2010. In addition, tourism generated $1.2 billion in tax revenues.

The survey was conducted by Versailles-based Certec Inc.