The Trick to Aging Legendary Kentucky Bourbon, Plus Recipes

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In Kentucky, where 95 percent of the world’s bourbon is produced, there’s almost as much interest in the process as there is in the finished product. barrels of bourbon per resident in Kentucky (with a population of 4.45 2 ounces fine Kentucky Bourbon. Kentucky bourbon.

Hitting the Bourbon Trail in Louisville, Kentucky

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One-third of the world’s bourbon supply is distilled in Louisville, Kentucky.

Be One of the First to Meet in Louisville, Kentucky, a City That Always Brings Something Fresh to the Table

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If you haven’t visited Louisville, Kentucky, lately, you might not recognize it. But at the heart of it all is the completely renovated and expanded Kentucky International Convention Center. The post Be One of the First to Meet in Louisville, Kentucky, a City That Always Brings Something Fresh to the Table appeared first on Connect Association. The entire downtown is nearing the completion of a $1 billion revitalization.

Sports Betting Forum Is Planning the Future of US Gambling

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1 in Louisville, Kentucky. Sports betting was a multi-million-dollar industry before it was legal nationwide in the United States. Now that it is, the industry is set to explode.

Omni Launches Planner Loyalty Program

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Progress Report: Global Convention Center Outlook

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Kentucky. Kentucky International Convention Center. Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) re-opened this month following a two-year construction period that forced it to temporarily cease operations. Jacksonville Convention Center.

Louisville’s Latest Convention Center Revamps

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It’s this easy access—combined with Kentucky Exposition Center with its 1.3 million square feet of exhibition space and reputation for hosting premier spectator events like the Kentucky Derby—that has helped build the city’s long-standing reputation for the convention market. The opening of the newly renovated and expanded Kentucky International Convention Center in August is the crowning jewel on a nearly $1 billion investment in Louisville’s downtown district.

What Planners Can Learn About Incorporating Local Flavor from a New Louisville Icon

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Omni Louisville’s opening coincides with a $207 million renovation and expansion of Kentucky International Convention Center next door, which will reopen with 200,000 sq. Meeting Planning falls city kentucky KY louisville luxury market omni omni louisville south southern upscale

Louisville Builds Around Convention Center Revamp

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It’s this easy access—combined with Kentucky Exposition Center with its 1.3 million square feet of exhibition space and reputation for hosting premier spectator events like the Kentucky Derby—that has helped build the city’s long-standing reputation for the convention market. The opening of the newly renovated and expanded Kentucky International Convention Center in August is the crowning jewel on a nearly $1 billion investment in Louisville’s downtown district.

California Travel Ban Provokes Scorn and Cancellations

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In Kentucky, another of the banned states, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called the travel ban a “real threat to our growing tourism economy” after a hotel in the city announced it had lost two conventions as a result. Reaction from Kentucky Gov.

Lexington: A One-of-a-Kind Destination

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There are plenty of opportunities to experience the horse scene here—tour a world-class horse farm, visit the historic Keeneland Race Course , or learn about all breeds of horses at the famous 1,200-acre Kentucky Horse Park.

Connect Is Coming to Louisville in 2019

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Connect announces the home of its 2019 trademark event as Louisville, Kentucky. “Connect Marketplace will give more than 2,000 planners a firsthand experience of the newly expanded Kentucky International Convention Center. The appointment-only trade show brings together the most active planners, suppliers and experts in association, corporate, expo, sports and specialty meetings for one-on-one Marketplace appointments. “We

Lexington: A One-of-a-Kind Destination

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There are plenty of opportunities to experience the horse scene here—tour a world-class horse farm, visit the historic Keeneland Race Course , or learn about all breeds of horses at the famous 1,200-acre Kentucky Horse Park. There’s no better place to get up close and personal with horses than Lexington, Kentucky—so whether attendees are equestrians or just curious about the history of the horse, they’ll have come to the right place.

California Bans State Travel to Four More States; Texas Responds

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As of June 22, Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas are now included on the list. Kentucky, on the other hand, recently passed a religious freedom bill permitting students to exclude LGBTQ peers from campus groups.

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Trend Alert: Conference Crashing

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Two years ago, we realized our planners’ needs were not truly being met with ‘blank slate’ experiences,” says Julie Kirkpatrick, CTA, vice president of sales and marketing at MeetNKY (the Northern Kentucky CVB), which recently hosted a site visit for medical planners during a meeting of the American Chemical Society. Who knew conference crashing could be a good thing? Cities and venues across the U.S.

America’s 5 Largest Convention Centers to Host Your Next Event

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Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY. Commonly called the “Fairgrounds”, the Kentucky Exposition Center is a unique venue to host your upcoming convention or large-scale event. The Kentucky Exhibition Center also has: 600 seat Broadbent Arena. Big events require big spaces.

Where You’d Least Expect Them

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Paducah, Kentucky. Paducah, Kentucky, known as “Quilt City USA.” If you’ve spent any time in the business-events industry, you know destinations like Las Vegas, Paris, Chicago, or Barcelona like the back of your hand.

Inclusive Cities are Thriving

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The report also outlines what four cities that improved their racial and economic inclusion during their economic recovery — Columbus, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; Lowell, Massachusetts; and Midland, Texas — share in common.

New Meeting Hotels Make USA Today Top 10 List

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The 21c Museum Hotel Lexington in Kentucky is an 88-room boutique hotel. 21c Museum Hotel Lexington – Lexington, Kentucky. The Asbury, Asbury Park, New Jersey. USA Today honors 10 new hotels in its recent series of 10Best reports, which is selected by readers.

Marriott Pioneers Building Blocks to Fast Growth

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Four more modular hotels are under way—Courtyard Pullman in Washington, AC Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, AC Louisville in Kentucky and AC Chapel Hill in North Carolina. Marriott Development ’s secret for scaling hotel development fast? Preassembled modular construction at a grand scale.

2018 40 Under 40: Class Acts

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Lexington, Kentucky. While these event professionals you will learn more about are young, there is much everyone in the industry can learn from them. They are proactively changing the world for the better through conference, meetings and other events. No wonder they are worthy members of the 2018 40 Under 40. Meet the next generation of leaders, these “Class Acts.” Learn how they got here and imagine where they, our industry and our world are going. Melinda Borucki.

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Cheers to Brew Pubs and Their Spaces!

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From a 20th century repurposed brewery in Lexington, Kentucky, to a swanky New York City rooftop , brew pubs and taprooms are the toast of their towns. Photo from Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Brew pubs are trending and so are the event spaces they provide.

5 Reasons Flying Could Be Fun Again

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In April, security guards dragged a hapless Kentucky doctor off an overbooked United Airlines flight. It’s been an unsettling year, to say the least, for air travelers. In March, U.S. Homeland Security banned laptops in passenger cabins on flights originating from eight countries.

3 Must-Follow Food Trails

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The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is something of a senior citizen among modern food and drink trails. It was conceived by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association in 1999, and now sees 2.5 Like most places, Columbus, Ohio, has a few quirks that make it unique: German Village.

10 Corporate Event Marketing Ideas

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Festivals, fairs, concerts and special happenings, such as the Kentucky Derby or the races at the Daytona Speedway, draw a large crowd. Get inspired by these 10 corporate event marketing ideas that go beyond the typical trade show booth.

ALHI Adds 4 Key Meeting Properties

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Atlanta and Louisville, Kentucky. Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has significantly enhanced its meetings and events portfolio by adding key properties in Washington, D.C., Two of the hotels— Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.,

KICC Is at the Heart of Transforming Louisville

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But at the heart of it all is the completely renovated and expanded Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). For example, in the city famous for Bourbon, KICC is surrounded by four micro-distilleries; the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Angel’s Envy, the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse and Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. If you haven’t visited Louisville, KY, lately, you might not recognize it. The entire downtown is nearing the completion of a $1 billion revitalization.

United Airlines Adopts New Customer-First Policies

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After recent public blow-back against poor—and even abusive—service on U.S. airlines, are we witnessing the beginnings of a welcome customer-first era in air travel?

REAL ID Act to Bring Changes to TSA Checkpoints

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The remaining 10 percent, including residents of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington, will need to present an alternate form of identification in order to fly.

Raise a Glass to 7 Great Wine Cellar Meeting Spaces

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The Apiary, a special event venue in Lexington, Kentucky , offers a beautiful wine cellar for meetings and catered private dinners.

A First-Timer’s Takeaways From #ConnectMP

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Looking ahead to Connect 2019 in Louisville , next year’s host city got the crowd pumped up with a red-rose closing reception at local art museum The Leonardo, signifying the city’s tie to major horse racing events like the Kentucky Derby. Visit Salt Lake promotes itself by saying, “Stereotypes be damned,” and I can certainly see why after attending #ConnectMP.

Ohio is the New Comeback Destination

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Situated along the Ohio River, across from Kentucky, Cincinnati has retained its Southern charm while remaining decidedly Midwestern. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) has connecting flights to major airports and regional hubs.

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Meet Monsieur, the World’s First Automatic Bartender

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Monsieur has been deployed at more than 20 locations including large sports and entertainment venues, like Churchill Downs Racetrack for the Kentucky Derby, Philips Arena in Atlanta, Arlington Raceway in Minnesota, Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, as well as Marriott hotels and Regal Cinemas locations. Monsieur is a tech company first and foremost (at least, that’s what the brand’s masterminds say).

Game Changers: Sporting Incentive Trips

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In 2018, the event heads to Churchill Downs in Louisville, the storied home of the Kentucky Derby. Anyone who has attended a Super Bowl party or a pregame tailgate gathering knows that sporting events have a way of bringing people together.

Airport Therapy Dogs, Pigs and Ponies Reduce Travel Stress

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Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) uses therapeutic miniature horses. Remember when spotting a dog in an airport terminal meant a red alert? Depending on your recreational habits, it could have been anything but a calming sight.

Tips on Culinary Marketing From a (Sometime) Food Writer

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Ditto for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail—created in 1999, it now attracts 2.5 For six years, I worked as a food and drink writer at various New England newspapers, and sometimes wondered how towns, states, and regions with similar food scenes could be in such varying stages of culinary marketing.

Why Your Next Event Should be a Cooking Class

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This Lexington, Kentucky-based culinary destination hosts an array of cooking classes for children, adults, and private groups, all situated in their state-of-the-art kitchen studio.

San Antonio No. 1 Among Best Cities for Conferences

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Louisville, Kentucky. Cities with the largest convention centers and most hotels aren’t always the best cities for conferences.

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Airport Therapy Dogs, Pigs and Ponies Reduce Travel Stress

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Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) uses therapeutic miniature horses. Remember when spotting a dog in an airport terminal meant a red alert? Depending on your recreational habits, it could have been anything but a calming sight.

Discover Why Everything That Makes Louisville Different Is Different

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At the heart of it all is the expansion of the Kentucky International Convention Center , which will soon feature: > 200,000 contiguous square feet of open, spacious exhibit space. > Louisville is changing the way people think about Southern destinations.

San Antonio No. 1 Among Best Cities for Conferences

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Louisville, Kentucky. Cities with the largest convention centers and most hotels aren’t always the best cities for conferences.

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Eight Brilliant Meeting Sites Along Solar Eclipse Path

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The eclipse will pass over portions of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, but research what specific locations will get to enjoy totality, some of which are very remote and uninhabited.

8 Pieces of Remarkable Hotel Art

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21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky 21c Museum Hotel Artwork: The 21c Museum Hotel offers a contemporary museum that’s free to the public, open 24-hours-a-day, 365 days a year. What do you think of when you hear the term “hotel art”?