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Greg Davis retires from Mammoth Cave Hotel


(MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., February 11, 2014)  Greg Davis, general manager of the Mammoth Cave Hotel, heads to the barn, retiring after 41 years in the tourism industry.

Davis has been involved in the hospitality industry since 1968, primarily in and around Mammoth Cave National Park.  A leader in the community and active in local organizations, Davis has welcomed and shown Kentucky hospitality to millions of visitors over the span of his career.  Since 2001, Davis served as general manager of Mammoth Cave Hotel.

“Greg has been a real work horse for Mammoth Cave Hotel and its parent company, Forever Resorts,” said Scott Gold, regional vice president of Forever Resorts.  “We appreciate his hands-on approach as general manager and dedication to his employees.  Greg has also been a great partner to not only the park and local community, but also to the tourism industry all across Kentucky.”

In 2010, the Kentucky Hotel & Lodging Association (KHLA) honored Greg Davis with the Garner B. Hanson Hotelier of the Year Award.  Davis worked for Mr. Hanson at Mammoth Cave Hotel while attending Western Kentucky University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1974.

Davis’ career history is all about hospitality and tourism:  executive director of the Cave City Tourist and Convention Commission; general manager of Renfro Valley; executive director of the Bardstown Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission; secretary and board member of the Kentucky Tourism Federation; and was honored as the 1986 Citizen of the Year by the Cave City Chamber of Commerce.  In 1993, he returned to Mammoth Cave Hotel as assistant manager.

“Greg knows the business inside and out,” added Gold.  “Over his career, he has worked in maintenance, front desk registration, as a cook, a bus driver and even waiting tables.  Greg was never too busy to help out when needed.  As a manager, he made a habit of bussing tables to see what menu items were pleasing to the public.”

Always working to improve Kentucky tourism and his community, Greg has held positions as: president of the Kentucky Hotel & Lodging Association; chairman of the Caveland Marketing Association; president of the Cave City Chamber of Commerce; board member of the Cave City Tourist and Convention Commission; chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of the Edmonson County Tourist and Convention Commission.  He is a past master of the Park City Masonic Lodge and a member of the Cave City Baptist Church.

“Greg had a strong connection to Mammoth Cave and it showed in his dedication to the park and in the way he performed his job,” said Sarah Craighead, superintendent of Mammoth Cave National Park.  “We wish him all the best in this next chapter of his life.”

You could say that Mammoth Cave is in Davis’ blood.  His family lived on the Flint Ridge before it became part of the national park, and he met and proposed to his wife, Lisa, while they both worked at Mammoth Cave Hotel.  The Davis’ live on a farm just outside the park.  They have two sons, Mikel and John, and several horses.

Dove Brown will serve as general manager at Mammoth Cave Hotel for the next two years, until the new concessions contract is in place.  Ms. Brown comes to Mammoth Cave from the Forever Resorts operation at Big Bend National Park.
Photo credit:  Lynne Pauley

Photo caption:  Greg Davis and his family posed for a picture at his Western-themed retirement dinner at Mammoth Cave Hotel.  Pictured are: John, Lisa, Greg and Mikel Davis
Tourism to Mammoth Cave NP creates $40 million in Economic Benefit


Report shows visitor spending supports 567 jobs in local economy

MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., July 18, 2014 - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 494,541 visitors to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2013 spent $40 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 567 jobs in the local area.

“At Mammoth Cave, we welcome visitors from every state and from around the world,” said Acting Superintendent Lizzie Watts.  “It is an honor to share stories of Mammoth Cave’s history and scientific research, and help people experience the cave, the rivers, and the beautiful karst landscape of the park.  Mammoth Cave National Park draws thousands of people to south central Kentucky, benefiting local communities and businesses.  Many people make return visits.”

Mammoth Cave is one of 401 areas managed by the NPS across the country.  National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy - returning an average of $10 for every $1 invested in the NPS.

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and  Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service.  The report shows $14.6 billion of direct spending by 273.6 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported more than 237,000 jobs nationally, with more than 197,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.5 billion.

According to the 2013 economic analysis, most visitor-spending was for lodging (30.3 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.3 percent), gas and oil (12.1 percent), admissions and fees (10.3 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (10 percent).

The largest jobs categories supported by visitor spending were restaurants and bars (50,000 jobs) and lodging (38,000 jobs).

To download the report visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

To learn more about national park areas in Kentucky and how the National Park Service works with Kentucky communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/KENTUCKY.