Frankfort, KY — Tourism in Kentucky is on the rise, that according to Kentucky’s Department of Tourism. Officials say more people visited the state in 2018 and spent more money. Statistics indicate visitor trips to and within the state topped 71.6 million last year and visitor spending rose to nearly $7.6 billion, up nearly 4 percent over the prior year. The figures are the result of a study from Tourism Economics, the state Department of Tourism’s new research partner. The tourism department says it continues to build on Kentucky’s signature tourism industries of horses, bourbon, music, arts, outdoors and culinary to reach new audiences.