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Economic Impact

Tourism is the 3rd largest industry in Kentucky. Of the *$14.5 Billion economic impact it generates in Kentucky, *$3.5 Billion comes from tourism activity in Louisville. 

The tourist dollars spent on daytrips and overnight trips to Louisville support nearly 27,500 hospitality industry jobs in Jefferson County alone. The economic impact is of course significant, but the results are even more important, as they positively affect the quality of life in Louisville itself.

Tourism generates funding for all kinds of economic initiatives, initiatives that directly benefit Louisville’s deep and diverse community. From one of the country’s finest metropolitan park systems, to an outstanding core of arts groups, to families and professionals, to researchers, investors, educators, entrepreneurs, and dreamers alike.

By maintaining its commitment to this critically important industry, Louisville simultaneously enriches and nurtures its infrastructure — which is why, year after year, Louisville ranks as one of the top cities in the nation for quality of life.

*Data from Economic Impact of Kentucky's Travel and Tourism Industry by CERTEC

Economic Impact Documents

Economic and Community Impacts of Tourism

Louisville Visitor Impact – Download the report here
Largest Events of 2018 by Economic Impact - View them here
The Event Impact Calculator - View here

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