Ky. opens tourism office in Japan

FRANKFORT, KY - Hoping to draw more international visitors, The Kentucky Department of Tourism has opened a tourism office in Japan.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher said the state also is expanding its tourism office in England to reach out to Ireland and Germany.

"With the Kentucky Derby, the 2008 Ryder Cup, the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games and all of the other international events making Kentucky their home, it is time for us to expand our efforts to attract people from all over the world to visit the commonwealth," Fletcher said in a statement.

Fletcher said Kentucky's new office in Japan will be managed by Advance International Ltd. of Tokyo.

"With horses, bourbon, bluegrass music and friendly people, Kentucky is the kind of genuinely American destination Japanese tourists are seeking today," said Marjorie Dewey, president of Advance International Ltd. of Tokyo, which manages the Japan office.

Kentucky also has a tourism office in Canada, and Tourism Commissioner Randy Fiveash is looking into the possibility of opening an office in China.

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  • by Mark Location: Lexington on Sep 10, 2007 at 05:36 AM
    Kentucky can't educate its people or provide them with dental care. It ranks last in every economic category possible. It has a corrupt government with some of the highest taxes and poorest services in the United States. The infrastructures are in desperate condition. Now one of the least of our industries tourism, is the source of more of our tax money for the wealthy horse industry. There is no effort to help small businesses with reduced taxes and incentives to grow. It is outrageous that our tax dollars would go to international trade, a function that the federal constitution says is a responsibility of the federal government, congress and administration. Not the states. This proves that Kentucky has not hit rock bottom in the intelligence level yet. We may have another foot or so to go deeper still. When will government fraud corruption and stupidity end in Kentucky? Never it seems.
  • by Zelly Location: Frankfort on Sep 9, 2007 at 08:56 PM
    Poor Japan... (T_T) They've been Americanized enough as it is.
  • by t Location: lex on Sep 9, 2007 at 07:57 PM
    More power to him what will it hurt to try to bring more visitors and spending to the state? Its better than depending on casinos... Not sure how busy they will be in the office though...how do you get that job anyway?
  • by Rick Location: Georgetown on Sep 9, 2007 at 04:48 PM
    oh now this is just sad . Tha Japanese alradey have been given KY on a silver platter.Is Ernie wanting to sell the rest of the state to them? Even though I'm a Republican, he's lost my vote for this one.

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