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Louisville Named Top U.S. Travel Destination for 2013

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Release Date: Dec 05, 2012

Louisville Named Top U.S. Travel Destination for 2013

The world’s leading travel publisher, Lonely Planet, recognizes Louisville’s bourbon tourism.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (December 5, 2012) – Louisville was named Lonely Planet’s “Top U.S. Travel Destination for 2013.” Destinations on the list range from emerging and up-and-coming to perennial favorites, but all have a new or timely angle that makes them perfect for visitors in 2013.

According to Lonely Planet’s U.S. Travel Editor Robert Reid, “Our 2013 picks are literally all over the map: once-in-a-lifetime northern lights, new top-tier museums, moose trails, Polynesian paradise and barrels of bourbon.”

Bourbon reigns in Louisville. This is the traditional jump-off for the Bourbon Trail; with bourbon’s current wave of popularity, new upstart micro-distilleries, including some in and around Louisville like the small-batch Angel’s Envy, are giving the old names in bourbon a run for their money. – LonelyPlanet.com

“If you haven’t been to Louisville in sometime, now is the time for you to plan a visit,” said Jim Wood, President & CEO of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The city’s tourism product has seen incredible growth over the last several years and 2013 will be no exception with the return of bourbon distilleries to downtown’s Whiskey Row.”

Lonely Planet described Louisville as the “new Portland” citing the city’s neighborhoods to its bourbon-connection as among the reasons for the designation.

“Each year we shine a light on 10 places in the U.S. that travelers should add to their wish lists for the coming year,” said Reid. “Our U.S.-based team of editors and authors in Lonely Planet’s Oakland, CA office compile a list of U.S. destinations that are prime for the next year and Louisville topped the list for 2013.”

Founded in 1973, Lonely Planet is the world’s leading travel publisher. LonelyPlanet.com receives over 12 million unique visitors to its website each month with the “Top US Destinations” list among its most read articles each year.  With nearly 2 million fans and followers across social media platforms of Facebook and Twitter, Lonely Planet has a broad reach.

To read the whole article visit http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/travel-tips-and-articles/77583.


Since 1968, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau’s(LCVB)  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. The LCVB was one of the first Destination Marketing Organizations to become accredited in 2006, through the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program, an independent, international standards program developed by the Washington, D.C. based Destination Marketing Association International.

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