About Tour SEKY
“Welcome to Southern and Eastern Kentucky, one of the most beautiful places in the world. As President and CEO of TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky I Can tell you promoting tourism isn’t just a profession, it’s a passion. Here you will find adventure everywhere you turn. From splashing through the mud on an ATV and watching artisans craft their next masterpiece to visiting Kentucky’s largest Civil War Battlefield, you are sure to create a trip to please everyone. We invite you to create a one of a kind vacation filled with memories that are sure to last a lifetime. Come experience our Kentucky home. Below you find more information about TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky. We hope to see you soon.”
TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky
TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY) is a nonprofit organization created in 1987 by Congressman Hal Rogers (KY 5th Dist.), originally named the Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association (SEKTDA).
TOUR’s mission is to educate, expand, develop and market the existing and potential tourism industry throughout southern and eastern Kentucky, while contributing to the economic, cultural growth, health and awareness, and overall quality of life of the region.
TOUR SEKY, through its 47-county service area, utilizes funds to train small business operators, community leaders, and entrepreneurs in hospitality, marketing, customer retention, and business plan development.
TOUR offers a number of programs to help with tourism development at downtown revitalization. The C.I.T.Y. (Community Initiatives in Tourism for You) program is designed to assist southern and eastern Kentucky downtowns in keeping their culture and attracting people to live, work, shop and play. C.I.T.Y.’s mission is to motivate communities to continue their efforts for community rebirth and Revitalization.
The “Let’s Paint the Town” program is a community based program that is a collaborative effort between TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky, volunteer groups, local businesses and citizens to clean-up, paint and revitalize the communities of southern and eastern Kentucky.
TOUR’s 47 County service region is divided into nine corridors. TOUR works with those nine corridor teams to coordinate regional project development efforts through the Community Development Fund program. Funded projects focus on the in-the-region needs on the visitor.
In 2008, the tourism and travel industry contributed more than $1.4 billion to the region, supporting 20,000 jobs. Statewide, there is a $10.1 billion annual impact from tourism.
For more information about TOUR SEKY or to request a free region guide, please call 606-677-6099.