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Media Assistance

Bourbon StillThe Horse Capital of the World... 
The Birthplace of Bourbon... 
The Heart of the Bluegrass...
The Home of the Kentucky Wildcats... 
The Athens of the West...

Located at the heart of Central Kentucky's famed scenic Bluegrass Region, Lexington is home to downtown skyscrapers overlooking acres of lush pastures. It's where champion horses are bred, foaled, trained, bought, sold, raced and retired. It's where bourbon was born and our historic distilleries are still producing America's only native spirit. We also have surprising connections to the birth of the wine industry. Lexington and the Bluegrass Region is filled with not-your-typical story ideas, like those listed in the Idea Guide.

Visit our Press Room for updates on the latest newsworthy happenings and special events, or register to receive a media kit plus our "Weird and Wonderful Facts" brochure.

See this page for links to recent coverage. Lexington is a favorite topic for many travel writers and bloggers. See what they have to say.

Media Guidelines

VisitLEX, Lexington's convention and visitors bureau, provides a variety of services to journalists working on projects to promote travel to Lexington's Bluegrass Region and to meeting planners organizing conventions in Lexington.

Media Assistance for Press trips:

VisitLEX services requests from qualified journalists worldwide. We coordinate individual and group media visits throughout the year. Requests are handled on a case by case basis. The level of support provided depends upon the journalist's story, advance notice provided, time of year, length of stay, and the ability of Lexington hotels and attractions to help. If you are a journalist planning a trip to Lexington's Bluegrass Region the following steps will help us to assist you:

  • Contact the Media Services department with as much lead time as possible. At least 30 days notice is appreciated.
  • Fill out and submit the Press Trip Assistance Request Form


Images for Media Professionals:

A selection of high resolution images is available for non-commercial use in promoting Lexington as a convention or leisure travel destination. These images may be used for editorial purposes to accompany a tourism article about Lexington's Bluegrass Region or to promote an upcoming meeting or convention in Lexington. Please click here to view available images and submit a usage request.

B-roll Footage:

Stock B-roll video footage featuring Lexington's Bluegrass Region is available for editorial use by broadcast media. The B-roll is free of charge for such use for a period of 30 days; however, a Video Use Contract must be submitted and approved. Once the Video Use Contract is approved, the tape will be mailed immediately for delivery within 3-5 business days. To download a PDF version of the contract, click here. Once the contract is complete, please submit by fax to 859-254-4555 (attn: Niki) or by email to lexmedia@visitlex.com.

If you have questions or need assistance, call Niki Heichelbech at (800) 848-1224 or (859) 244-7707 or lexmedia@visitlex.com.