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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 $40.4 million in Economic Benefit. Report shows visitor spending supports 574 jobs in local economy


MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky.,  March 6, 2014 -  A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 508,054 visitors to Mammoth Cave National Park in 2012 spent $40.4 million in communities near the park.  That spending supported 574 jobs in the local area.

“Often national parks are recognized for their intangible or esthetic significance,” said Superintendent Sarah Craighead.  “This new study quantifies the value of national parks in dollars and cents.  It states that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy - returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service.”

“Every year, Mammoth Cave National Park welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” added Craighead.  “We work cooperatively with our tourism partners to draw people to Kentucky’s cave-country and then provide them with the activities and services they need.  We look for mutual benefit.”

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas, Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service.  The report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park.  This spending supported 243,000 jobs nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion.

According to the report most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and B&Bs (27 percent), and other amusement and recreation (20 percent).

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 parks in Kentucky and how the National Park Service works with area communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/Kentucky.
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