Calling the city “a lively, offbeat cultural mecca on the Ohio River,” the world’s leading travel publisher has named Louisville its "Top U.S. Travel Destination for 2013." Lonely Planet touted hip, emerging sections of the city including the Nulu area near downtown in putting Louisville at the top of its yearly Top Ten travel destinations.
“This is a super recognition of the energy and progress in our city and of the growing economic impact of Louisville as the gateway to the Bourbon industry and tourism,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Lonely Planet has a loyal following and a strong reputation for being an independent voice in the travel industry, so being its top pick carries a lot of weight.”
Fischer said the ranking is further evidence that the city’s strategy to grow the food and beverage sector – and, in particular, bourbon – is paying dividends both economically and in tourism.
"Each year we shine a light on 10 places in the U.S. that travelers should add to their wish lists for the coming year," said Lonely Planet’s U.S. Travel Editor Robert Reid. "Our U.S.-based team of editors and authors compile a list of U.S. destinations that are prime for the next year and Louisville topped the list for 2013."
In praising Louisville, Lonely Planet wrote: “Bourbon reigns in Louisville. This is the traditional jump-off for the Bourbon Trail; with bourbon's current wave of popularity, new upstart micro-distilleries, including some in and around Louisville like the small-batch Angel's Envy, are giving the old names in bourbon a run for their money.”
"If you haven't been to Louisville in sometime, now is the time for you to plan a visit," said Jim Wood, president & CEO of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau. "The city's tourism product has seen incredible growth over the last several years and 2013 will be no exception with the return of bourbon distilleries to downtown's Whiskey Row."
Lonely Planet further described Louisville as the "new Portland" citing the city's high-energy scene along Bardstown Rd. and the fast rise of the Nulu area along E. Market. Mixing perennial favorites in with the new, the publication suggests travelers time their visits to “catch the Kentucky Derby, the greatest two minutes in sports.”
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