About Visit Richmond

Richmond Tourism Commission

PURPOSE /MISSION

The Richmond Tourism Commission was created for the purpose of attracting visitors and growing the economy of the City of Richmond

 

To extend the hand of welcome to all visitors, and visitor prospects in keeping with the highest traditions of hospitality expected of our area.

Richmond Tourism is a quasi-department of the City of Richmond authorized by the Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS 91A.350) and established in 1981 by a City of Richmond ordinance.

 

Richmond Tourism has four major responsibilities:

  • To encourage visitors to discover the historic, cultural and recreational opportunities available in the Richmond area.
  • To encourage and support groups that are holdings meetings and conventions Richmond.
  • To assist groups with meeting preparations and while their meeting is in progress.
  • To increase business to every establishment which directly or indirectly serves the traveling public and/or conventioneer

 

We do not organize meetings and conventions but help to guide meeting planners and visitors to attractions and services that result in a positive Richmond experience.

For visitors, we provide a wealth of information (in advance of their arrival and while they are in town) about what to see and do in Richmond.  We produce a comprehensive visitor planning guide and provide vacation planning assistance.

Richmond Tourism is not a membership organization.  Operating revenue is generated by occupied hotel/motel rooms in the City of Richmond. By state statute, hotels collect a three percent occupancy tax from their guests. That revenue goes to the Richmond Tourism Commission for our operations.  This is the only funding source we receive.

Richmond Tourism Commission is headed by a nine-member Commission appointed by the Mayor for staggered terms.  Three commissioners are selected as representatives of the hotel and motel industry. One commissioner is selected as a representative of the restaurant industry. One commissioner is selected from the membership of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Two commissioners are selected by the Mayor and must be residents of Richmond/ Madison County. In addition to the 7 appointed members, we have two ex-officio members who are non-voting. 

The staff of the Richmond Tourism is the working arm of the Commission.

The travel and tourism industry are the state’s third largest retail industry.  As such, it is very competitive.  Every state, city and destination are actively vying for its share of the tourist and convention market.  A primary objective of Richmond Tourism is to secure Richmond’s share of the industry.

Richmond KY Tourism Commission – Board

Name/ Officer     Company/Agency Role/Position           Yrs on Board  

Nancy Wray-Chair         Hairmasters Owner/Stylist        Chamber Appt.

Michael Hay-Vice Chair/Treasurer     EKU – Migrant Education Director    Mayor Appt

Samantha Burford   WBON- TV Reporter/ Local School Bd Member      Mayor Appt

Sima Maggan              Holiday Inn Express Owner               Hotel Rep

 Richard Smart        Bennett House B&B Owner/Operator     Hotel Rep

Matt Vaughn                 TownePlace Suites                                 Hotel Rep

Ronda Taylor       Subway Shops (3) Owner/Operator      Restaurant Rep

Sue Chenault               Self Employed Appraiser                        Ex-offico

 Nancy Robertson     Coldwell Banker Mahan Agent/Broker     Ex-offico