Celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week in Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-“Tourism is huge in Bowling Green and Warren County.”

This week is National Travel and Tourism Week. 

“This is an annual thing. Every year the U.S. Travel Association puts together a national travel and tourism week the first week of May and it’s always got a fun theme to it. This year’s theme is the future of travel and it’s very very bright here in Bowling Green that’s for sure.”

Popular places to visit in Bowling Green include Lost River Cave, Beech Bend, and the Corvette Museum. 

Each day this week, the city is recognizing a different local attraction for its unique characteristics.

And there’s lots to celebrate during this week… things look a lot brighter than they did two years ago when the pandemic hit. 

“In March 2020, tourism and hospitality were the first industries kind of hit the hardest. Because travel stopped, everything closed.”

Hotels were only at 20 to 30 percent occupancy…when they should have been around 80 percent. 

People in the tourism industry say we’re getting back to pre-pandemic levels, likely to even exceed them.

“I feel almost like things that were already busy, events, sports events, special events, here in town, are back with a vengeance, people are ready to go out, travel.”

And with the entertainment destination center set to open this summer, tourism is sure to hit new records here in Bowling Green. 

“It’s not just an amenity for locals, it’s also an amenity for people coming to town to do other things and it’s a workforce development tool because amenities like this in downtowns attract a different kind of worker, they attract young professionals and growing families.”

And even if you’re a local it’s fun to plan a staycation and visit your favorite spots around town.