It is possible that Mammoth Cave National Park will be featured on the cover of the 2016 Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism’s official visitor’s guide, but no decision has been made.
Photographers with the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism spent the first part of this week at the national park, taking photos of Mammoth Cave.
“We are doing a shoot in the cave to build a library. One of the pictures may be on the cover of the visitor’s guide,” said Kathy Yount, assistant director of marketing and communications for the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism. “We haven’t completely decided and are in no position to announce what will be on the cover for 2016.”
The photographers snapped shots inside the cave, rather than the lush and green surface area.
“We are taking photos in the cave, especially in the larger rooms to show the tremendousness of the cave – the mammothness of Mammoth Cave,” Yount said.
Vickie Carson, public information officer for the national park, said Mammoth Cave, like all other national parks, has no budget for advertising.
“All advertising that mentions Mammoth Cave is paid for by the state, area chambers (of commerce) and tourism commissions or businesses,” she said in an email. “The park always appreciates attention from the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism, and we try to keep them well informed about activity in the park.”
Yount said the photographers might also shoot some photos of the national park’s visitor’s center.
“We’re always excited to have these state tourism folks in town,” said Sharon Tabor, executive director of the Cave City Tourist and Convention Commission. “It makes our area more predominant in their minds and we will keep our fingers crossed for the cover the Kentucky official visitors guide.”
The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism photographers planned to travel to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area during the first few weeks of June, focusing on outdoor activities such as fishing, canoeing, kayaking and horseback riding.
The photography sessions at Mammoth Cave National Park and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area are the only two the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism have scheduled so far for inclusion in the official visitor’s guide for the remainder of the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Other photo shoots will be scheduled in the upcoming 2016-17 fiscal year, which begins July 1, she said.