Beyond its ‘bourbonism’ boom, $14.5 billion hospitality sector grows by giving visitors a taste of the authentic

"New tours have been a part of that, capitalizing on Paducah’s river city history and its recent designation as a UNESCO Creative City, an award that links them to other, like-minded cities that are focused on the arts and creativity as a way to express their local culture, Oswald said. 

Paducah has put together a signature experience around its nationally known Quilting Museum, offering a white-glove, behind-the-scenes visit to the museum that allows tourists to create their own quilt block. Paducah has a tour centered around river culture, with a trip to the River Discovery Center, discussion with a modern day river captain, live river music and a dinner of local cuisine. Another tour centers on the restored Hotel Metropolitan, highlighting the famous “chitlin’ circuit” blues performers who played there, capped off by a soul-food tasting and live entertainment."

By Susan Gosselin, The Lane Report

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