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Always an advocate for tourism in the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) held a luncheon at the state capitol on Thursday to host their state legislators and talk about the current issues that face the industry.  Nearly 500 state employees as well as the legislators enjoyed a great meal provided by Staxx BBQ.  And the lucky ones, those who were there before NOON, got to enjoy delicious fried apple pies from Evans Orchard compliments of the Bluegrass Hospitality Association.

The Legislative Event is an opportunity for Kentucky’s travel and tourism industry to join together as advocates on issues confronting the industry. Held each year during the General Assembly’s Legislative Session, KTIA members are provided with issues and advocacy information during the event’s first day, and then advocate their views on the second day during one-on-one meetings and a lunch with legislators.  Last year, over 75 legislators attended the luncheon where KTIA members were able to discuss key issues and to stress the importance of tourism in Kentucky and its economic impact for the Commonwealth.

Although member contact with legislators is a year round effort, KTIA’s Legislative Event is a key moment in the year where members can come together as a group to ensure that the industry’s messages are being heard.