Don’t Take Our Word For It—Listen to These Folks
"Lexington is the perfect University City to visit, live, or work. With the innovative and transformative power of the University of Kentucky at the heart of its downtown, our city is a hub for exploring new ideas, creating dynamic community, and enjoy all that the Bluegrass State has to offer." Lance Poston, University of Kentucky - Institutional Diversity
"As one who travels across the world, i always extend the invitation for people to visit Lexington, KY! The people of Lexington exhibit Southern Hospitality at its finest - and this is exactly why people only accept my invitation but come back year after year to visit." Father Jim Sichko, Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington
"I am a proud central Kentucky native and lifelong resident who has helped plan and host meetings and conferences of all sizes in Lexington - from small executive board meetings to national conferences with hundreds of attendees. It's always so special to see people who've never been to Kentucky or visited Lexington have their eyes opened to what an exciting, beautiful, and hospitable place we call home. There's so much to experience here that you truly can't get anywhere else, and we love to share it with the world." Jen Rogers, Markey Cancer Center
"When I hosted my association meeting in 2017 in Lexington, we had the highest attendance to date, and I still get comments about it being their favorite meeting! Convenience of our offerings, the beauty of our place, and the service of our people are what make a memorable meeting for our guests!" Erin McElwain, University of Kentucky Healthcare
"As a meeting planner for national and international organizations, I’m accustomed to holding conventions in first tier cities. Due to local interest in the medical arena, we took a chance and hosted an annual convention in Lexington. Our attendees were thrilled with the area, the city and the facilities and have asked to make Lexington a permanent rotation for their annual convention. Lexington is truly a world class destination with many outstanding restaurants and attractions. I would recommend Lexington to anyone planning a national or international convention."
Brian Doty, Agentis Management
"If planning an event in Lexington, I encourage contacting the VisitLex team. These local experts can assist in getting you connected with resources and share suggestions for best options tailored to your group."
Anita Washburn, CMP, Dairy Farmers of America
"[We] enjoyed Lexington very much. Friendly area with a great deal to offer. Very good experience with a lot of positive feedback from everyone."
John Nist, Atlantic Corvette Caravan
"VisitLex representatives are extremely knowledgeable in events services and go out of their way to offer assistance to our needs to ensure we have a great event that runs smoothly. They have a keen familiarity with Lexington businesses to refer our attendees to in their down time, their service and professionalism are superb, and their expertise in event planning makes them an invaluable resource in the Bluegrass. "
Ericka Cole, Kentucky Firefighters Association
"I have hosted professional meetings in Lexington for over 30 years, from as few as 10 to as many as 300 people. Whether is audience is local, state, regional, or national - there's something for everyone in our city! The size and location provide great value for budget-conscious meeting planners, and the climate offers year-round accessibility. Skip the big cities with their big price tags and come enjoy Lexington's gracious hospitality!" Cheri Tolle, University of Kentucky Healthcare
"Lexington is a gem of a city in the heart of Kentucky. It is jammed packed full of fun places to dine and many unique places to visit."
Gay Sills, AZZ Incorporated
"...what a better place than the “Athens of the West”-Lexington, KY? I believe the reasons Lexington was so successful is our strong network of hospital support across the Commonwealth with KHA, the Lexington business community/, the support of VisitLex, value/cost to our membership, and like every real-estate agent will tell you: location, location, location! Lexington, KY is easy to get to: a day’s travel to anywhere in the US and you just can’t beat it, period."
Jeff Johnson. Society for Healthcare Volunteer Leaders
"Lexington ... green fields, fences, horses and bourbon; yes that is what you can expect from Lexington. There is also undeniable hospitality, a large selection of hotels and off site venues , a quaint downtown, and history galore all wrapped up in modern amenities."
Jennifer Rush. National Academic Advising Association
"What could you possibly be looking for that isn't here? Rich Southern history and traditions wrap around a modern progressive city for an experience like no other. The scent of bourbon infuses this town of horse racing and relaxed yet elegant dining. Green pastures abound and offer that ahhh moment every traveler needs. It's all here. I'm sold! "
Donna Thompson. Tennessee Concrete Association
"I found Lexington a city that has all the necessities to host both small and large groups . The services, community events, historical locations and local culture make a visit during any time of the year outstanding."
Lemuel Berry. National Association of African American Studies
"...Hotel was fantastic, restaurants downtown are wonderful, and the excursion locations were perfect..... Lexington is such a great location and accessible to all parts of the United States: it made travel to the convention very easy."
Cody Birdwell, American Bandmasters Association
"Everyone loved the meeting, and many of our guests explored the city during their down time. I attribute that to the resources we were able to provide them via VisitLEX."
Elizabeth Adams, American Association of Petroleum Geologists
"I moved from Boston to Lexington in 2004 to work at the University of Kentucky. Lexington is a wonderful community to work and live. I am president of an international scientific society and am planning to host our society's annual meeting in Lexington in September 2021. We're going to feature the horse as a model to study pigmentation and to discuss equine melanoma that affects gray horses. VisitLEX was instrumental in helping me to decide to bring the conference to the Bluegrass." Dr. John D'Orazio, Pan American Society of Pigment Cell Research
"Lexington is a hidden gem. It has a small town feel with a BIG impact. Again, can't say enough other than - go see this bucket list venue! You will be pleasantly surprised!"
Rich Caballero, MWI Veterinary Supply, INC
"Lexington is the perfect blend of big city amenities and small town hospitality. From sporting facilities to hotels to unique venues, Lexington has it all. I am constantly amazed by its charm and ever evolving downtown...Our Annual Meeting used to rotate locations, but we've decided to stay for five consecutive years. There's no need to go elsewhere."
Ilse Dehner, US Equestrian Federation
"We couldn't have been as successful without the VisitLex team! Amazing! Attention to detail, friendliness, and willingness to go the extra mile! Thank you!" Diane Snow, National Neurotrauma Society
"Lexington has hosted our State FFA Convention for the past seven years. From our first site selection visit until today, the level of service and attention to detail by the Lexington hospitality community has been amazing."
Matt Chaliff, Kentucky Association FFA
"The city welcomed us with open arms."
Nick Harrison, Buffalo Soldier Motorcycle Club
"By far, the greatest compliment we received [from attendees] was how nice, professional and organized everyone in Lexington was - from meeting organizers to hotel staff to bus drivers. It speaks volumes about how small kindnesses and an easy smile make a difference in the experiences of our guests."
Terry Keys, UK Markey Cancer Center