Kentucky’s only association that represents the entire Kentucky travel and tourism industry was founded in 1980 as the Kentucky Tourism and Hospitality Federation and later became the Kentucky Tourism Council. In 2011 the organization re-branded to become the Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) to reflect the diversity of the industry and the inclusiveness of our membership.

KTIA serves the interests of Kentucky’s travel industry through four service cornerstones: advocacy, education, information and business and professional development. The approximately 900 organization and individual members include convention & visitor bureaus/tourist commissions, attractions in their many forms, hotels, restaurants, marinas, industry suppliers, state government agencies, universities, media and others. 

Transcending all of KTIA’s services is a continual effort to increase awareness among public officials, business leaders, media, and the general public about the vital role that tourism plays in Kentucky and the contributions it makes to Kentucky communities and families.