FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State travel experts will soon begin a
study to determine the economic impact the World Equestrian Games
had on tourism in Kentucky.
Gil Lawson, a spokesman for the Tourism, Arts and Heritage
Cabinet, said Friday the study will examine how much money was
spent by visitors during the games, which ended Sunday at Kentucky
Horse Park in Lexington after 16 days.
Lawson says the cabinet will be looking at hotel occupancy rates
as well as retail and hospitality sectors of the market in and
around Lexington during the games, as well in other localities.
"We know that people were making travel plans to go to
different parts of the state either during the games or after the
games," Lawson said.
Athletes from 58 countries competed in the competition and WEG
officials said attendance topped 500,000.
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