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Known as the Niagara of the South, Cumberland
Falls in central Kentucky offers a phenomenon not
found anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere.
The 125-foot water curtain displays a moonbow
at night during a full moon that is truly a sight to
see. Along with paddling and fishing opportunities,
Cumberland Falls State Park offers stables with
horse rentals, 17 miles of hiking trails, a lodge with
meeting facilities and accommodations.
BY D. FRAN MORLEY
From Big-City Venues to
Off-The-Beaten Track Adventures
From one end of the Bluegrass State to the other, small towns and major
metropolitan areas offer a wide variety of options for meeting and event
planners. With its central location, three major airports and access to In-
terstate highways, Kentucky is a prime site for events looking for big-city
attractions and venues or quieter, off-the-beaten-track locations.
With more than 17,000 hotel rooms citywide,
it is easy to find hotels that meet the needs of
any meeting group, said Stacey Yates, vice
president, marketing communications, Lou-
isville Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).
"Convention attendees love our restaurant
and bar scene, the thrill of visiting Churchill
Downs, Museum Row and our bourbon dis-
tillery tours. We offer a rich culinary scene,
convenience and affordability."
News in Louisville includes the $207 mil-
lion expansion and renovation at the down-
town Kentucky International Convention
Center, expected to be complete in summer
2018. According to the CVB, exhibit space
will increase to more than 200,000 square feet.
The center connects to the 1,300-room Galt
House Hotel, which has an additional 128,000
square feet of meeting and event space with 53