Event is set to boost tourism in Appalachian communities

Friday, January 28, 2022


A nonprofit organization is set to improve the economy in eastern Kentucky and this spring they are planning to arrange a conference to help communities draw more tourists.

On March 7-8, the event will be hosted in Ashland and will target on tourism and downtown revitalization, Shaping Our Appalachian Region Inc. said in a statement. The event will have sessions on the way downtowns can welcome tourists, the small businesses and their role in attracting people, how to market what communities offer to visitors and how some communities are using trail systems to create successful adventure tourism destinations.

“We’re excited to bring this event to Ashland and northeastern Kentucky,” said Colby Hall, executive director of Shaping Our Appalachian Region. “This part of Appalachia Kentucky is home to some innovative and collaborative efforts focused on tourism, downtown revitalization and entrepreneurship, and we believe this is a great place to have conversations, share best practices and continue to move our region forward.”

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