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Local Community Recognized for Tourism Economic Impact

Robin Antenucci, Executive Director of the Frankfort Tourist Commission accepted the Economic Engine Award from Hank Phillips, Kentucky Travel Industry Association President and CEO on behalf of Franklin County.

(PHOTO – Left to Right) Jo Bennett, Guest Services, Frankfort – Franklin County CVB; Dr. Bill Braden, Frankfort – Franklin County CVB; Hank Phillips, President & CEO, Kentucky Travel Industry Association; Marc Stone, Board Chairman, Frankfort – Franklin County CVB; Robin Antenucci, Executive Director, Frankfort – Franklin County CVB; Sonia Sanders, Board Member, Frankfort – Franklin County CVB; Huston Wells, Franklin County Judge Executive; Tammy Braden, Office Manager, Frankfort – Franklin County CVB; Amanda Cobb, Sales Director, Frankfort – Franklin County CVB. ~ Photo by April Cole, Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism Social Media Manager & Photographer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 20, 2018)–Franklin County received the Kentucky Economic Engine Award from the Kentucky Travel Industry Association during the Franklin County Fiscal Court meeting Friday morning. The award is given to those who have had a significant economic impact on the local economy through tourism. Franklin County’s high rates of tourism revenue and job creation stand out statewide.
“This morning we are excited to celebrate Franklin County, an exceptional tourism generator and economic contributor to the Commonwealth, with the Economic Engine Award,” said KTIA President and CEO Hank Phillips. “I commend the Frankfort-Franklin County Tourist Commission and local elected officials for their efforts to market the region and congratulate the Franklin County community as a whole.”
Franklin County tourism has created more than 2100 tourism jobs and generated more than $187 million in economic impact annually.
“Franklin County has so much to offer visitors and residents alike, and thanks to the efforts to market our county, we are one of the highest tourism revenue generators in the state,” said Judge Executive Huston Wells. “I would like to thank our local tourism-related businesses for their economic impact on our region and congratulate them on a job well done.”
“Kentucky is blessed with beautiful landscapes, engaging attractions, and world-class hospitality, all of which are showcased here in Franklin County. We are privileged to have visionaries and business leaders in our region’s travel industry who understand the wise investment that tourism development has on our local economy.” Said Mayor William May. “I congratulate Franklin County on this award and for the impact the travel industry makes in our community and beyond.”
Phillips presented the Economic Engine Award to Robin Antenucci, Executive Director of the Frankfort Tourist Commission.
“We are humbled to accept this award today on behalf of Franklin County. An award of this caliber is a strong reflection of our community and the dedication of our tourism-related businesses,” said Antenucci. “In order to attract visitors, we are dedicated to showcasing all that Franklin County has to offer, whether that’s for the historian, politico, scientist, architect or explorer.” 
“Tourism is vital to our state’s economy and supports nearly 200,000 jobs in Kentucky,” saidSen. Julian M. Carroll. “Congratulations to Franklin County’s tourism board for providing a shining example of the positive impact of tourism in our community and the entire Commonwealth.”
“Whether it’s the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Buffalo Trace Distillery, the Floral Clock or the Governor’s Mansion, Franklin County has plenty to offer our visitors,” said Rep. Derrick Graham. “Thank you, tourism-related businesses for making our community stand out as a leading economic contributor in Kentucky.”
Economic Engine Award winners will continue to be awarded across the state to communities with large tourism-directed economic development and job creation.


About Kentucky Travel Industry Association

The Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) represents and serves the interests of Kentucky’s travel industry through four service cornerstones:  advocacy, education, information and business development. The approximately 800 organization and individual members include attractions, convention & visitor bureaus, hotels, restaurants, state government agencies, universities, media and industry suppliers.

About the KTIA Economic Engine Awards

The Economic Engine Award is presented by KTIA to local communities across Kentucky that have a significant economic impact in their area from the local tourism industry. Winners are selected based on either one of two criteria: 1) total economic impact in the county derived from tourism, or 2) tourism jobs as a percentage of total jobs in the county.