13th Annual Tourism Forum a Success

TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY) held its 13th Annual Tourism Forum October 15, 2013 at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY. This year’s theme was “Unravel the Mystery of Tourism.”

The Annual Forum is the premier educational and networking event for tourism professionals, economic development representatives and elected officials in Southern and Eastern...


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Susan Laws Recognized for her Service to TOUR SEKY

TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY) recognized Susan Laws, Mt. Vernon-Rockcastle County Tourist Commission CEO, for her dedication and service as 2012 & 2013 Chairperson of TOUR SEKY’s Board of Directors.  

Maggie Bill, TOUR SEKY Programs Director, presented Ms. Laws with a gavel on October 15th during TOUR’s Annual Tourism Forum. Laws will remain on the Board of...


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Egnew Receives APEX Award

TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY) awarded the APEX Award to Becki Egnew October 15th during its 13th Annual Fall Tourism Forum. Egnew is the Passenger Operations Manager at Big South Fork Scenic Railway and is Vice President and COO of McCreary County Heritage Foundation, Inc. 

APEX stands for Achievement, Professionalism, Excellence, and X-traordinary in tourism.Egnew...


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Pulaski County Judge Executive Receives Governmental Tourism Impact Award

October 24, 2013
TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY) awarded the Governmental Tourism Impact Award to Pulaski County Judge Executive Barty Bullock. Bullock received the award during TOUR SEKY’s 13th Annual Tourism Forum.

The Governmental Tourism Impact Award goes to an individual who is either an elected official or government employee who recognizes the importance of the tourism industry not only for their county but the economic benefit it is to the region as a whole. Read more »

Pennington Named TOUR SEKY 2013 Rookie of the Year

October 24, 2013
TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY) named Brandon Pennington, City of Harlan Tourist and Convention Commission Executive Director, as its 2013 Rookie of the Year. Pennington received the award October 15th during TOUR SEKY’s 13th Annual Tourism Forum.

“We wanted to recognize the outstanding involvement and dedication of an individual who is new to the TOUR SEKY Program and has hit the ground running,” said Maggie Bill, TOUR SEKY Programs Director. "Brandon exemplifies what the Rookie of the Year award is all about. Read more »

Redbud Photo Contest Winners Announced

July 10, 2013

TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY) hosts a Redbud Trails Photography Contest each April in celebration of Redbud Month. 

The photos were judged April 19, 2013 during the Redbud Garden Party in Middlesboro, KY.  

Two Metcalfe County residents won first and second place in the contest. Becky Waters won first place and Ricky Waters was the second place recipient. Debra Hines, Somerset, KY received third place. 

TOUR SEKY will use the top three photos in 2014 Redbud Trails Marketing.   Read more »

Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial Coming to Middlesboro, KY

July 10, 2013

TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY) is proud to announce the Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial will be in Middlesboro, Kentucky August 1-5, 2013. The wall will be open to the public and will be located in the downtown Middlesboro parking lot. Read more »

Limited Exhibitor Space Available for 7th Annual Appalachian Craft Fair

May 10, 2013
TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky will host the 7th Annual Appalachian Craft Fair June 22, 2013. The event will be held 11am-6 pm ET at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY. Admission is free to the public.

The fair is open to all juried Kentucky crafters and exhibitor slots are still available. The Appalachian Craft Fair Exhibitor and Demonstrator application is available at tourseky.com in the downloadable forms section of the homepage. A single 10x10 booth without electricity is only $60. Other booth options are available. Read more »

Redbud Garden Party a Great Success

May 10, 2013

More than 200 people celebrated Redbud Month at the Annual Redbud Garden Party in Middlesboro, KY. The Garden Party was held April 19th at the American Association Building and was hosted by TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY), Bell County Tourism Commission, The Middlesborough Garden Club and the Cumberland Park Garden Club. Read more »

TOUR SEKY Hosts McCreary County Junior Tourism Board

April 23, 2013

TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY) hosted the McCreary County Junior Tourism Board at The Center for Rural Development April 3, 2013. The Junior Tourism Board was recently created through a grant to McCreary County Tourist Commission from the Brushy Fork Institute. The board is made up of students from McCreary Central High (sophomores – seniors) that have expressed an interest in economic growth through the tourism industry. Read more »

Redbud Garden Party Will be Held April 19, 2013

March 28, 2013

TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY) invites you to celebrate Redbud Month April 19, 2013 at the Redbud Garden Party in Downtown Middlesboro. The event will be held from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT at the American Association Building/Bell County Tourism Office, 2215 Cumberland Avenue Middlesboro, KY. The Bell County Tourism Commission, Middlesborough Garden Club and Cumberland Park Garden Club are partnering with TOUR SEKY to sponsor the free event. Read more »

TOUR SEKY Programs Director Receives TMP Certification

March 27, 2013

More than forty travel and tourism professionals earned certification as a “Travel Marketing Professional” (TMP) after completing the three-year program of Southeast Tourism Society’s (STS) Marketing College. The students were recognized for this achievement at the STS Spring Symposium March 19th in Atlanta, Georgia. Read more »

TOUR SEKY Represents Southern and Eastern Kentucky at Travel South Motorcoach Showcase

February 25, 2013

TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY) President/CEO Jeff Crowe participated in the Travel South USA Motorcoach Showcase February 17th- 22nd in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Read more »

Attraction Reviews

Renfro Valley Lodge Restaurant

I was fortuntate enough to be invited to have lunch at the famous Lodge Restaurant in Renfro Valley yesterday by a friend.   The atmosphere is charming.  Greeted at the front door by friendly, smiling young ladies who made our group feel right at home.  Service was fast and the food was excellent.   The chef made a special effort to come to our table and welcome each of us and shake our hands.  He was delightful. 

Did I mention the prices were great for me.  Stop by off exit 62 off I-75.  You will not be disappointed.