Kentucky Travel Industry Association Cites Lori Saunders as 2022 Member of the Year
GEORGETOWN, KY – DECEMBER 19, 2022 – Lori Cooper Saunders was named KTIA Member of the Year during the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s annual meeting in November in Lexington, KY.
Saunders is the executive director of the Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Commission, a position she has held since 2016.
“Lori epitomizes a KTIA member of the year,” said KTIA President and CEO Hank Phillips. “She has taken on a multitude of smaller behind-the-scenes projects in support of KTIA and the tourism industry, while also leading initiatives that had major impacts, such as fostering a relationship with Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer that contributed to his leadership in securing a major appropriation for Kentucky's tourism industry.
Kentucky’s only association representing the entirety of the Commonwealth’s travel and tourism industry, KTIA serves the interests of the industry through advocacy, education, information and business development. Members include convention and visitor bureaus, hotels, restaurants, state government agencies, universities, media and industry suppliers.
Each year KTIA honors a member who has provided exemplary service and leadership to the industry and association over the course of the year. Recipients combine a long record of KTIA support with a special year of service.
Calling Saunders “the perfect embodiment of this combination,” Phillips cited her work in Kentucky tourism’s biggest win ever – the $75 million recovery appropriation, part of the American Rescue Plan Act, the COVID-19 economic relief bill President Biden signed into law earlier this year.
The travel and tourism industry was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, triggering an unprecedented crisis in Kentucky’s tourism economy.
“Undoubtedly a team effort, it was Lori’s relationship with her senator, Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, that influenced him to publicly declare early on that he personally was going to ensure there was an ARPA tourism recovery allocation,” said Phillips.
Throughout the legislative process, Saunders maintained contact and encouragement with Senator Thayer and many other legislators and kept KTIA apprised of the bill’s progress.
“In all things, large and small that Lori contributes, she does them with an enthusiasm and commitment that serves as a model for other members,” Phillips noted.
Georgetown/Scott County Tourism
Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Executive Director and KTIA Member of the Year Lori Cooper Saunders (center) receives Member of the Year award from KTIA’s Hank Phillips and Chair Katie Fussenegger.
Photo: Georgetown/Scott County Tourism
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