LEXINGTON – The economic impact of travel and tourism in Fayette County set a record in 2023 of $1.6 billion, according to a study for the Kentucky Department of Tourism released yesterday. That’s 9.3 percent growth over 2022.

Tourism in Fayette County generated more than $126 million in state and local tax revenue. The industry also employed 11,583 people in the county.  

“Those record-breaking numbers are a reflection of a lot of hard work from all of our hospitality employees and business owners, as well as the strategic sales, marketing, services and media efforts of the VisitLEX team,” Ramer said. “This milestone is a great tribute to local and state partnerships, local attractions, and the entire community, which always welcomes visitors with true hospitality. This growth is important for everyone in Lexington because tourism has a major impact on our local economy by supporting our local businesses and attractions. It also improves our quality of life.”

Lexington accounts for 12 percent of the state tourism impact. 

More details about the tourism economic impact study, which was performed by Tourism Economics, are available here.

PC: Office of Governor Andy Beshear