KTIA 2017 Legislative Issues Agenda
As the representative organization of the state’s travel and tourism industry, KTIA advocates positions on issues that promote tourism, increase the industry’s marketing and operational capacity, and enhance visitor experiences. Please contact the KTIA offices at 502.223.8687 or email Hank Phillips if you have any questions or need additional information. Click here to download this page.
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Tourism generates immense state and local tax revenue, provides an enormous number and variety of jobs, and benefits all areas of our state, not just its economic and commercial centers. The industry has generated tremendous ROI with restricted funds from a 1% statewide transient room tax and local transient room taxes. The limited amounts of these funds places Kentucky at a competitive disadvantage relative to neighboring states’ marketing efforts, and these funds should neither be decreased nor re-directed for other state or local uses.
Additionally, the restaurant tax was implemented to allow smaller cities the opportunity to be marketed in the absence of a large number of hotels to generate adequate transient room tax monies. We recognize the positive impact our smaller tourism commissions have and recommend this funding stream be fully maintained for their use.
We also support efforts for additional investment in tourism marketing and development.
Lodging Level Playing Field
We support and endorse an equal and level playing field among all forms of short-term lodging and accommodations in Kentucky. The “shared economy” presents new challenges and opportunities, and we support the enforcement of policies that ensure customer safety, enhance the visitor’s experience, and apply revenue collection efforts uniformly, without stifling innovation and entrepreneurship.
Reauthorization of the Tourism Development Committee
We support the reauthorization of the Tourism Development Subcommittee. This special committee, first established in 2015 and re-authorized for 2016, has served two very important related purposes for the General Assembly. First, it has provided a means for its members to learn about important tourism issues and programs. Second, it has afforded its members an opportunity to fully understand the economic power of tourism and the other contributions tourism makes to the commonwealth. This value should continue through the reauthorization of the subcommittee.
A Welcoming Kentucky
The Commonwealth should remain open and welcoming to all visitors. Kentucky’s communities and its people are characterized by warm hospitality and a welcoming attitude. These attributes are a driving force in attracting a large and diverse array of visitors to Kentucky and the economic benefits that result from those visits.
Kentucky’s early school start dates present economic challenges without providing offsetting educational value. Our members support the flexibility to align school start dates with the tourism and economic development needs of their communities, while maintaining high academic standards.