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Welcome to the business pages of Louisville tourism. This area is your on-line resource for economic impact, visitor demographics, business and marketing plans and the latest research in the hospitality arena. As new reports and data become available, they will be uploaded to the tabs in the left margin. The LCVB staff is comprised of five departments working to drive tourism business to the city. Finance, Convention Development, Destination Services, Tourism Development and Marketing & Communications work together with over 1000 hospitality industry partners to showcase the city’s best assets to incent travel and trade business to Louisville. Since 1968, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau’s primary goal has been to enhance the city and county’s economy through tourism development – to promote and sell Louisville as a destination for conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings and pleasure and business travel on a worldwide basis.
Louisville…It’s Possible Here
Louisville has come of age. A decade or so ago we were a small city with big ideas - but now, thanks to the effort and vision of many in our community, we’re being recognized as one of the hottest (and coolest) places in the country for growing healthy businesses, attracting visitors and supporting a rich, fulfilling quality of life. Louisville is a vibrant city on the move, investing millions of dollars to upgrade and renovate its attractions, hotels and convention facilities to make them all state-of-the-art and one-of-a-kind.
Louisville has not one, but two convention centers. The Kentucky International Convention Center located downtown has over 2,300 hotel rooms connected by skywalk, plus an additional 2,000 rooms within six blocks. It will be undergoing an expansion and renovation that will increase its contiguous footprint by more than a third. The Kentucky Exposition Center, adjacent to Louisville International Airport, is the sixth largest center in the nation sporting over 1.2 million square feet of space and is home to 6 of the nation’s top 30 tradeshows.
For additional space, Louisville’s downtown arena, 22,000-seat KFC! Yum Center offer state-of-the art space for concerts and large gatherings in an emerging arena district with a growing number of unique restaurants and bars. Louisville has more than 100 hotels and 18,000 rooms in the metro area with 1800 new rooms in the pipleline, including a 600-room Omni adjacent to the expanding downtown convention center. From major hotel flags to several independent names, all offer unparalleled service and unequalled quality. From one of the largest hotels in the Southeast, the Galt House Hotel & Suites, plus two of the finest historic hotels in America, The Brown Hotel and the Seelbach Hilton, to a boutique hotel dedicated to 21st-century contemporary art, 21C Museum Hotel, the city prides itself on having a room that will accommodate every taste and budget.
Louisville is easy to get to, and easy to get around once here. Louisville International Airport is just minutes from downtown and is serviced by nearly every major airline. Over 100 flights depart on a daily basis with non-stop or direct service to approximately 80 cities. Louisville is within a day’s drive of nearly half the population of the United States. The city has over 120 attractions, many of them one-of-a-kind. Legendary Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby and its accompanying museum, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and the Muhammad Ali Center are just a few of the top-notch attractions that can only be seen in Louisville. The new Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is the first of many Kentucky Bourbon attractions to make a home in the Gateway to Bourbon Country with nearly a dozen more in the pipleline.
If the arts are more to your liking, Louisville is one of only a handful of U.S. cities with a professional full-time orchestra, opera, ballet, children’s theatre, dinner theatre and Broadway Series. All of this, plus museums, galleries, a zoo, an amusement park, beer and wine trails, historic homes, confectionaries, ghost tours and the largest non-profit company that makes products for people who are blind and visually impaired, make Louisville a city where the only thing lacking is the time to enjoy its bounty of unique and interesting places to visit. Local chefs have taken the dining scene in Louisville to new heights. Louisville has steadily gained recognition as one of the country’s most exciting and innovative restaurant scenes. The accolades continue from Lonely Planet and Fodor’s to Zagat and Bon Appetit’. The full story of Louisville culinary scene can be found at www.culinarylouisville.com. Add all of this with the genuine warmth of true Kentucky hospitality and the combination cannot be beat. Louisville is alive with potential and inspired with a progressive spirit of possibility.