At last count, the tourism business in Kentucky accounts for some 10-billion dollars to the state economy, and employs more than 160,000 people. Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet spokesperson Gil Lawson says that message is being emphasized during National Travel and Tourism Week.
"For some folks it might mean a weekend of camping at Red River Gorge, or a State Park someplace. Others may take a week and go fishing in Western Kentucky. For anyone looking for a little more physical activity, there's plenty of hiking trails and outdoor adventures out there. Other people may want to stay inside and visit an art museum or something like that."
Lawson says with gas prices expected to stay sky high, the cabinet will encourage Kentuckians to take a "stay-cation" instead of traveling out of state.
"We will be emphasizing to Kentuckians that they can find a lot of great places right here, within the borders of their own state."
National Travel and Tourism Week is recognized by the U.S. Travel Association each year to celebrate and promote the tourism industry. It runs through May 15th.