The economic impact of tourism has grown to more than $14.5 billion in 2016, Department of Tourism Commissioner Kristen Branscum announced today. Kentucky’s tourism industry has experienced the strongest overall economic impact growth rate the state has seen since 2005.  All nine of the state’s tourism regions registered gains again in 2016.

Culinary travel has become a really popular reason to hit the highway, whether it’s just to another neighborhood in your own town or to another city to experience their unique cuisine. Food and wine festivals are a great way to (literally) get a taste of something new while discovering your next favorite dining destination. The culinary calendar around the South is jam-packed for the first half of the year, so gas up your car and make an extra appointment with your personal trainer.