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Lexington's Hospitality Industry Continues To Face Pandemic Challenges

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The official overseeing tourism and convention activity in Lexington sees ongoing challenges for the hospitality industry.  VisitLex President Mary Quinn Ramer says an uptick in visitors for horse farm tours, a walk through the Kentucky Horse Park, or a stop at a distillery helped some this summer.

But, Ramer said those visitors are far from what’s needed to help Lexington’s finances. “I do think there is a healthy amount of concern going into the winter months, quite simply because our destination is not necessarily known as a winter destination and typically what helps us get through the winter in a normal year is having had a robust spring, summer, and fall season,”  said Ramer.

In 2020, Ramer noted nearly half of the employees in Lexington’s hospitality industry have been furloughed or permanently laid off.  She said these businesses are in desperate need of additional congressional relief.  Ramer said one bright spot looking forward is the announcement that the Breeders’ Cup will return to Keeneland in 2022.  This fall’s regular meet and the World Championships in early November will be virtually fan-less.?

Here's more with VisitLex President Mary Quinn Ramer on the status of convention and visitor activity:

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