FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andy Beshear has released a plan aimed at making Kentucky a bigger tourism destination as a way to build economic growth.
Beshear's plan, released Thursday, calls for a new marketing campaign focused on attracting tourists from nearby states. He says marketing efforts should emphasize Kentucky's scenic attractions and its ties to bourbon and horses to promote itself as a world-class destination.
Beshear is challenging Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.
The Democratic challenger says Kentucky has fallen behind Tennessee in attracting visitors.
His plan calls for making workforce development a priority in the hospitality industry and working to attract new professional sports teams and events.
Beshear says his plan to legalize casinos would result in resorts that attract visitors.