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Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Marcheta Sparrow today announced that the cabinet has expanded the role of the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism to put a greater emphasis on expanding tourism development and attracting new tourism businesses to Kentucky. To accomplish this goal, Michael A. Mangeot has been appointed the new commissioner of the department, effective July 1.
Mangeot, 45, currently serves as president and CEO of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development, a position he has held since 2005. He also served as deputy commissioner of the Department of Travel from 2002-2004.
“Mike’s sound background and excellent reputation in tourism marketing and economic development makes him the right choice at the right time to take on this expanded role,” said Sparrow. “He has developed strong, individual relationships with leaders in many communities, and that is vital to our success. Since tourism adds jobs in every county of Kentucky, it is a valuable form of economic development that we must continue to grow.”
In addition to developing new travel-related opportunities in Kentucky, Mangeot also will manage the cabinet’s tourism development programs and film incentives. He will also oversee marketing and promotion of Kentucky’s existing tourism industry.
From Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet