After nearly two months on the job, Kentucky Horse Park Executive Director Jamie Link is getting his footing, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported, and he wants to improve the site’s lodging options.
The park, which has 800,000 visitors annually, would like to be self-sufficient, and Link hopes to rebid a hotel to be built at the park, he said, adding that he thinks a new market study would help discern the needs that the park hotel could address.
“We have such a wide demographic — some people are here one night, some two to three weeks at a time. Do you have a blend of standard hotel rooms, or extended stay, and what’s the right price point?” Link said. “I do think it would be advantageous, should we decide to issue a new (request for proposals.)”
Link also hopes to modernize the park’s campground, which drew about 45,000 visitors in 2014. Many of them are just passing through the area or are here for events that are completely unrelated to horses.
“The campground is a great asset,” he said, but it would benefit from sewer and water hookups and pull-through camp sites for bigger RVs.
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