Karen Williams is the President & CEO of Louisville Tourism. She spends her days and nights marketing the city as a premier travel destination, and says, “I think I have the best job in the city!”
Describe Louisville’s spirit: Sincere. Contagious. If you are a Louisvillian or a transplant, you love your community. People here reach out to each other in sincere kindness. Louisvillians are proud and strong!
Must-do Louisville experiences: Visit our many great neighborhoods, including The Highlands, Frankfort Avenue, NuLu and Portland. Enjoy the restaurants, attractions, shops and farmers markets. Partake in the city’s many festivals and events. Visit our Bourbon experiences. We have something that no other city has… Bourbonism is real in Louisville!
Favorite local festivals and events: St James weekend, Forecastle and Bourbon & Beyond.
Go-to places to eat and drink: Jack Fry’s, Seviche, Proof on Main, Anoosh, Vietnam Kitchen, Riverhouse, ROC… I could go on and on.
What do you love most about Louisville: I love that we are an inclusive city. Regardless of race, gender or ethnicity, we all work together.