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.

8 Hotels Boosting Guest Experiences in 2019

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Hotel Distil Moxy—Louisville, Kentucky. From West Hollywood to Dominica, hotel and resort properties are cropping up, providing unparalleled luxury, gorgeous views and redesigned guest experiences, not to mention plenty of locations for groups to meet.

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4 Tips for Planning a Local, Affordable Menu

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I was raised on a farm in Kentucky, so grew up eating and loving all the fresh food grown around me. Food & Beverage Meeting Planning action allergy antonio authentic beverage breweries chef cost craft cuisine culture diet distilleries distinct diverse drink eco environment experience farm food fresh friendly gluten grand Green hyatt hyperlocal ingredients kentucky local meeting organic plan preference san showcase sustainable texas unique wineries

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.

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.

The Best of Louisville: Sites to See

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Louisville, Kentucky, is recognized as an international destination for festival events—most notably the Kentucky Derby—and conferences like Connect 2019.

U.S. Open Honey Deuce & 4 Other Signature Sports Cocktails

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Kentucky Derby: Mint Julep. Woodford Reserve revealed its 2017 $1,000 Mint Julep Cup and guess who it is benefiting this year…the Kentucky Derby Museum! Doesn't this sound delicious… Woodford Reserve® 2017 Kentucky Derby® Mint Julep 1.5 A post shared by Kentucky Derby (@kentuckyderby) on Apr 10, 2017 at 11:09am PDT. The Mint Julep has been the signature cocktail of the Kentucky Derby since 1939. 21 and over?

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

The Best of Louisville: Shopping

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Louisville, Kentucky, is recognized as an international destination for festival events—most notably the Kentucky Derby—and conferences like Connect 2019.

The Best of Louisville: Know Before You Go

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Urban Distilleries: Downtown Louisville uniquely has several distilleries, most notably Angel’s Envy, Michter’s, Fort Nelson, Kentucky Peerless, the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse, Old Forester, Rabbit Hole and venerable Evan Williams , the first to market whisky here in 1780.

2019 40 Under 40: Natasha Stamper Pedigo, The Asphalt Institute

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Natasha Stamper Pedigo, CMP, 38, works in Lexington, Kentucky, as a meeting planner and event manager at The Asphalt Institute. A s a 2019 40 Under 40 honoree, Pedigo discusses her passion for the events industry. Connect with Pedigo on Instagram. .

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Nominations Open for 15 Over 50

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26-28, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. We love our young event professionals, but they aren’t the only ones who deserve special recognition. Connect is looking to honor 15 event professionals who have spent their career moving the meetings industry forward. These individuals can be planners, sales managers and executives, destination marketing veterans, hoteliers, venue managers, chefs or serve in any other role vital to providing attendees with memorable experiences.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2019 40 Under 40: The In-Crowd

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Lexington, Kentucky. Meet the “In-Crowd,” our 2019 Connect Association 40 Under 40. This year’s group celebrates the diversity inherent in the events industry. Honorees range from company presidents to budding CVB stars. They come from myriad backgrounds, using different strengths to advance their organizations and careers. While each has a unique style, this collection of superstars is in on what it takes to create lasting and impactful experiences.

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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.

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.

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.

12 Exciting Smart Meetings FAM Experiences in 2018

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Louisville (November): A trip to Churchill Downs, site of the Kentucky Derby, has to be part of any FAM trip to Louisville, but we discovered that there are many other “must experience” attractions there.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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.,

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.

People on the Move

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Hixon is a graduate of the Western Kentucky Hospitality Program. Your colleagues are on the move, find out who is going where. Arjun Chakravarti, Ben Olson, and Ann Marie Burke. GES, a provider for live events, has announced three new appointments.

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.

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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