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Events

Feb28

UK vs Vanderbilt

Cheer on the UK men's basketball team as they take on Vanderbilt! ... more
Mar3

Blue Grass Trust Antiques & Garden Show

 Featuring over 40 distinguished dealers and garden specialists.... more
Mar4

Bourbon for the Battlefield

Tim Knittel will lead a bourbon history lecture and optional guided bourbon flight... more
Jan23

Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Join in the fun of a music show taped live and broadcast around the world. Audience... more
Mar7

Tea Tuesday at Waveland

Tea is served at 2 in the mansion on fine china. All tea's include a program, savory... more
Mar10

"The President's Own" United States Marine Band

The American Bandmasters Association's concert series presents "The President's... more
Mar10

Lexington Comic & Toy Convention

The midwest's most awesome weekend of geekery. Comics, magazines, gaming, anime,... more
Mar11

Lexington St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival

Leprechauns and shamrocks will be spotted along Main Street. Entertainment all day.... more
Mar14

F.E.A.S.T.

F.E.A.S.T. (Food Equity and Access Sustains Tomorrow) is a unique new event to spotlight... more
Mar15

Boys Sweet Sixteen Tournament

Kentucky High School Athletic Association state basketball tournament.... more
Mar17

The Ginger Bread Lady

Presented by Studio Players.  By Neil Simon directed by Gary McCormick, Maureen... more
Mar23

Road to the Horse/Ride the Remuda

Don’t miss the thrill and excitement of Road To The Horse in 2017. Sarah Dawson,... more
Mar25

Paul Frazer Memorial Combined Test & Dressage

CKRH has grown into a multi-faceted program that is dedicated to enriching the community... more
Mar31

Central Kentucky Home & Garden Show

Jump start spring with fresh ideas from this annual show.... more
Apr2

Byrne and Kelly Echoes

Come enjoy the sounds of the award-winning Irish duo Byrne and Kelly live at the Farish... more
Apr6

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by live bands!... more
Apr7

Keeneland Race Course Thoroughbred Racing

 Spring race meet. No racing on Mondays, Tuesdays or Easter.... more
Apr15

Cinderella

The Lexington Ballet brings the timeless tale of Cinderella to life in a production that... more
Apr21

Kentucky Crafted the Market

Experience 200 exhibitors of high quality art, literature, food, bluegrass and world... more
Apr22

Willy Wonka and The Lexington Dream Factory

Join Lexington Dream Factory for an evening of fun and Wonka-inspired mischief during... more
Apr27

Rolex Three Day Event

The only Four Star three-day equestrian event in the Western Hemisphere.... more
Apr28

A Garden Affair

Exhibitors from around the globe will feature the finest plants and garden accessories in... more
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Mission Statement

Mission
To market and promote Lexington's Bluegrass Region for the purpose of attracting visitors and growing the economy.

To serve visitors with genuine hospitality since Southern Starts HereTM

VisitLEX Brand Standards Manual

2012 H2R Travel Study

VisitLEX is a public service organization authorized by the Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS 91A.350) and established in 1974 by a Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) ordinance. VisitLEX's adopted budgets, financial statements and audit reports can be viewed on the Department of Local Government's website at https://kydlgweb.ky.gov/entities/specDistsearch.cfm.  

The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau (VisitLEX) positively impacts the economic well-being of Lexington-Fayette County by marketing the Bluegrass Region as an outstanding destination for leisure travel, business travel, meetings and conventions, and by providing quality service to these visitors.

In Lexington, as in cities across the country, the Bureau has three prime responsibilities:

  • To encourage visitors to discover the historic, cultural and recreational opportunities available in the Lexington area.
  • To encourage groups to hold meetings, conventions and trade shows in Lexington.
  • To assist groups with meeting preparations and while their meeting is in progress.

A convention and visitors bureau does not organize meetings and conventions, but guides meeting planners and visitors to attractions and services that result in a positive Lexington experience.

Convention sales professionals at VisitLEX actively solicit meeting planners to host their meetings in Lexington.  We simplify the meeting planner's responsibilities by providing information on facilities, assisting with hotel room commitments and guiding the planner to make the best possible use of the services and attractions in the area.

For visitors, we provide a wealth of information (in advance of their arrival and while they are in town) about what to see and do in Lexington.  We produce a comprehensive visitor planning guide and provide vacation planning assistance.

VisitLEX is a member of the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI).  Founded in 1914, DMAI promotes sound professional practices in travel marketing and in the solicitation and servicing of meetings and conventions.

In 2008 the Bureau was awarded accreditation by the DMAI.  The DMAI accreditation program defines performance and compliance standards for destination marketing organizations, assuring that staff, leadership and external stakeholders follow proper practices and perform at an acceptable level for the industry.

VisitLEX is a public service organization authorized by the Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS 91A.350) and established in 1974 by a Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) ordinance. 

VisitLEX is not a membership organization.  Operating revenue is generated by occupied hotel/motel rooms in Lexington-Fayette County. By state statute, hotels collect a six percent occupancy tax from their guests. One-third of that revenue goes to the Lexington Convention Center for debt repayment and operations, and two-thirds goes to the Bureau.

VisitLEX is headed by a nine-member Commission appointed by the Mayor for three-year terms. Three commissioners are selected as representatives of the hotel and motel industry. One commissioner is selected as a representative of the restaurant industry. One commissioner is selected from a list submitted by Commerce Lexington. Four commissioners are selected at large by the Mayor and must be residents of Fayette County. In addition to the nine appointed members, there may be up to a seven-member non-voting ex-officio panel. 

The staff of the Bureau is the working arm of the Commission.

The travel and tourism industry is the nation's second largest retail industry.  As such, it is very competitive.  Every state, city and destination is actively vying for its share of the tourist and convention market.  A primary objective of VisitLEX is to secure Lexington's share of the industry.