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Lucky in Kentucky: More tourists spending more money

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Kentucky tourists

Zip lining in the mountains. Biking the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Betting the ponies.

Whatever events tourists are looking for, they are finding more of them in Kentucky.

More than 70 million tourists spent nearly $8 billion in Kentucky last year – record highs in both cases. The amount spent by tourists has grown more than 20% just since 2013.

The Kentucky Department of Tourism study found that the biggest spending categories were lodging, dining and shopping. (No surprise that at least two of those categories could include bourbon.) The study also said tourism supports more than 4% of the state’s jobs.

– Beverly Bartlett, The Kentucky 100

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