Tourism down slightly in Ky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State officials say tourism amounted to
$10.8 billion last year in Kentucky.

The Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet says the figure was down
by 1.9 percent from the previous year.

Cabinet Secretary Marcheta Sparrow says the state's tourism
fared well during a national downturn thanks to a "great variety
of attractions, central location and affordability."

The impact figures are based on factors like tourist spending at
attractions, overnight hotel stays, campgrounds, tax data,
attendance figures and airline business.

The analysis was conducted by Certec Inc. of Lexington.

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