KY Tourism Has $13B Economic Impact on State
Kentucky’s travel and tourism industry has a $13 billion economic impact on the state, a $2.2 billion increase from five years ago, Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen said at the Kentucky Travel Industry Annual Conference. Tourism supports 180,000 jobs statewide, Luallen said. Read more.

GSA Rates for 2016
The General Services Administration in Washington, DC announced the released federal per diem rates for FY 2016. These rates will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2015. The federal government is also changing the policy for the standard continental United States (CONUS) rate. It will now be reviewed every year, rather than every three years. For FY 2016, the lodging rate for CONUS is increasing to $89 per night, from the previous rate of $83.

KH&LA Offers New Member Benefit for Hoteliers
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KY Tourism Economic Impact is UP
The economic impact of tourism in Kentucky amounted to nearly $13.1 billion in 2014. The figure is a 4.4 percent increase from 2013. The annual survey also showed that tourism supported 179,963 jobs in Kentucky in 2014 - an increase of 4,217 jobs from the previous year. These jobs generated more than $2.9 billion in wages for Kentucky workers, an increase of nearly $123 million from the previous year.  

Tourism generated $1.37 billion in tax revenues for local and state governments in 2014, an increase from $1.31 billion in 2013.  The report was produced by Certec Inc., of Versailles.  For more details about the economic impact study, including county-level expenditures, visit and look under recent reports.
KH&LA Leads Charge on 1% Room Tax
KH&LA is working with a coalition of industry organizations to have the state's Tourism Marketing Incentive Program funds reinstated. Read the full position statement here.

Minimum Wage Ordinance Opposition
KH&LA has joined with almost 20 other organizations in opposition to Louisville's proposed minimum wage increase. For complete details concerning the issue and the groups involved, click here.

President's Message
By Dan Fay

 Dear Hotelier:

We just concluded a great annual meeting on Wednesday. For those of you who were unable to attend, you missed a good one.

Our new governor Bevin will be sworn in on December 8th. From all reports, he is off to an incredible start with the early selection of the first members of his cabinet. We were able to have input regarding our industry early on. Just before our lobbyist left to join him at the National Republic Governors Convention, we reminded them of our current issues.

  • The restoration of the funds from the 1% Room Tax
  • Elimination of the Executive Order on Minimum Wage

This Legislative Session will be a budget session. It is likely there will be a number of contentious issues. As always, we will produce weekly reports, at the end of each legislative week. In the event an issue becomes problematic, we will issue a "Red Alert”. If this occurs, we really need you to make a phone call to your legislators. The calls from constituents are unbelievably effective.

Looking ahead to 2016, I think we will be set for another good year. Industry pundits’ forecast the growth will continue. In Kentucky, we hope to restore funds from the 1% Room Tax. There are also efforts under way to increase our presence in the international market. This seems like an opportune time to do so, particularly with the popularity of bourbon along with our other attractions, such as horses and the Corvette Plant and Museum in Bowling Green.

In January, Don Howard with H&W Management in Lexington will become our new president. Don and the board are ready to move the association forward in 2016 and beyond. It has been my pleasure to work with all of you these past two years, and I will continue to be engaged as a board member. I look forward to seeing you.

Daniel T. Fay

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Economic Impact of Hotels

The hotel industry facilitates commerce in the statewide economy and its economic impact is quite significant. Consider the following: Panel content
* There are more than 500 hotels in state representing more than 55,000 rooms
* The hotel industry in KY employs almost 17,000 people* Hotels represent an economic impact to the state of more than $2.5B annually
* Hotels in KY generate more than $1.4B in revenue
* The hotel industry in the state generates a payroll of more than $490M
* Almost $300M in various taxes are generated by the hotel industry in Kentucky
* The real estate value of hotels in the state is $4.6B
* The hotel industry is part of the broader tourism and travel industry, which contributed over $12B to the state’s economy in 2012.