The new, 40-page Multicultural Tourism Guide will provide visitors information about sites, activities and destinations that include and interpret Kentucky's rich multicultural legacy. The guide is not all-inclusive of the many multicultural tourism opportunities in Kentucky, but serves as a basis to begin one's discovery of what Kentucky has to offer.
“This is a remarkable demonstration of how people from many different cultures gave of themselves to make Kentucky great,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “We are a proud and diverse people, and we want to celebrate our heritage and share it with others. This guide opens a window for us to clearly see how different cultures contributed to Kentucky's rich history.”
To continue the collection of multicultural experiences, a special Web site has been created at www.kentuckytourism.com which will allow visitors to tell their story of their cultural heritage, whatever that may be. Elements of these stories may be used in future publications.
To submit a story or idea, log onto KentuckyTourism.com and click on the “Request a Multicultural Tourism Guide” icon. Visitors are encouraged to include their message on the site.
“We are looking for stories, thoughts, interests and tales that better explain the quilt of cultures that has made Kentucky great,” said Randy Fiveash, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Tourism. “We cannot achieve our full potential if we don't understand and acknowledge the contributions to the Commonwealth made by all of our people.”
The guide also spotlights various cultural tourism destinations throughout the Commonwealth, profiles famous Kentuckians with varied cultural backgrounds and offers tips for planning family trips and family reunions.
For example, readers will learn about many famous people and Kentucky destinations including the following: