Kentucky Continues Phased Approach to Reopening Tourism
Efforts continue to reopen state tourism attractions ahead of summer travel
FRANKFORT, Ky. – (June 9, 2020) – Kentucky continues to take positive steps forward in its efforts to reopen tourism and boost the state’s economy while continuing to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
Reopening Kentucky tourism is part of an ongoing effort to safely provide in-state travel opportunities and generate revenue in local communities through travel spending.
Kentucky has taken a phased approach to reopening tourism beginning with the opening of state park lodging on June 1. Gov. Andy Beshear announced today that the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet reopened the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History on June 8.
“Kentucky tourism serves a vital role in sustaining local communities and small businesses that thrive on travel spending,” said Gov. Beshear. “As summer arrives, it is important that we ensure our reopening efforts protect the health and well-being of our fellow Kentuckians as well as distribute economic recovery across the commonwealth.”
The Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History reopened for “Member Monday” in accordance with Healthy at Work guidelines, which allows museums to resume operations on June 8. Kentucky State Park historical sites and museums also reopened to the public.
The reopening of the center includes the permanent gallery of A Kentucky Journey, Hall of Governors, Poetry in Color: Paul Sawyier’s Two Villages and the current Keeneland Gallery exhibition. The Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum will not reopen at this time.
Reopening tourism plays a significant role in generating revenue, helping local businesses and allowing more Kentuckians get back to work.
“Tourism spending in Kentucky is already starting to rebound as we head into the summer,” said Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry. “We believe this a positive sign for the future of tourism recovery, and we are hopeful this upward trend continues as reopening efforts are underway in Kentucky.”
In preparation for summer travel, Kentucky tourism officials analyzed data from a national COVID-19 U.S. Travel Sentiment Survey about how and when travel will resume. Studies suggest nearly 50% of respondents now feel safe taking a road trip and 57% feel safe engaging in outdoor recreational activities. These findings perfectly align with Kentucky’s central location and expansive park system.
The Kentucky tourism June reopening timeline is as follows:
For travelers planning a Kentucky getaway, discover the Bluegrass State by downloading the Kentucky Official Visitor’s Guide or take a virtual tour of tourism attractions from across the commonwealth.
For a copy of the Official Highway Map for your next Kentucky road trip, visit transportation.ky.gov.
For more information on the state’s tourism attractions
For more information about the state owned tourism attractions open to the public, visit the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet website at tah.ky.gov.
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