May Tourism Forum & Trade Show featuring the Inaugural Lexington Hospitality Awards

Thank you for joining BHA for our Annual May Tourism Forum & Trade Show, featuring the Inaugural Lexington Hospitality Awards, presented by VisitLEX, BHA, and BTMA!  

Thank you for your wonderful service to the Lexington community!

And the winners are...

Keith Allen- Hyatt Regency Lexington, Bell Captain
Martha Bersot- Kentucky Horse Park, Office Support Assistant
Ed Brand- Blue Grass Airport, Guest Services Assistant & Receptionist
Dianna DeLara- Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa, Front Desk Clerk
Iverson Griffin, OBC Kitchen, Server
Mary Jo Holland- Lexington Opera House, Floor Captain/Usher
Tina Kohrs- Embassy Suites, Sales Coordinator
Julie Mora- Dudley's on Short, Bartender
Charlie Muntz- Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, Volunteer Docent
Peggy Prang- Holiday Inn Express, Breakfast Attendant
Sandy Ritchie- Josie's, Server
Cordell Weatherford- Town Branch Distillery, Tour Guide

About BHA
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The Bluegrass Hospitality Association (BHA) represents a diverse membership of hospitality professionals, including hotels, restaurants, breweries and distilleries, tourist attractions, and strategic partners.  If you are a stakeholder in the hospitality sector and want to positively impact the Bluegrass hospitality industry, then membership in BHA is a must! 

Our Mission: Through cooperative partnerships, the Bluegrass Hospitality Association strives to be an advocate for the hospitality industry and promotion of travel and tourism in the Bluegrass.

Bluegrass Hospitality Industry At a Glance

The Tourism and Travel industry contributed over $13 billion to Kentucky's economy in 2014. Direct expenditures by tourists accounted for over $8.3 billion of this total, an increase of 4.4 percent since 2013!  It generated nearly $1.37 billion in tax revenues for the government in 2014 with $1.19 billion to the state and nearly $176.1 million locally. It is responsible for 179,963 jobs in Kentucky in 2014 - up 4,217 from 2013.  It generated over $2.9 billion in wages to Kentucky workers - an increase of $123 million from 2013. 

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