If you haven’t visited Louisville, Kentucky, lately, you might not recognize it. The entire downtown is nearing the completion of a $1 billion revitalization. On virtually every corner there’s something new popping up—new Southern-inspired culinary destinations, new luxurious places to stay and even more new unique places to explore. But at the heart of it all is the completely renovated and expanded Kentucky International Convention Center. After 22 months of construction and remodeling, the new KICC is set to reopen in August of 2018. Inside, KICC will feature over 200,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, a 40,000 square-foot ballroom and 52 meeting rooms. It will also feature a state-of-the-art, 175 seat conference theater, advanced WIFI capabilities and LEED Silver Certification. But one of KICC’s biggest features is its experience-focused design. From inside guests can see a city full of enticing new culinary feats and chic southern flavors. Famous for a certain white-suited Colonel’s eleven-herbed and spiced masterpiece, Derby Pie® and the Hot Brown, there’s plenty more to discover. Louisville offers boundary pushing twists on Southern cuisine—many recipes featuring a dash or two of the city’s famous Bourbon. Convention goers will find 130 restaurants within walking distance of KICC. Which is a major reason Louisville has been named one of the “10 Tastiest Towns” by "Southern Living", the “Next Hot Food City” by Zagat and “One of the best foodie towns in America” by Bon Appetit Magazine. Once KICC guests finish devouring delicious dishes, they can check into Louisville’s new hotel scene. From bargain to boutique, by the end of 2018, Louisville will have more than 5,000 hotel rooms within walking distance of KICC. This includes the new four-diamond Omni Hotel, located adjacent to KICC, which will feature 612 rooms, 70,000 square feet of meeting space, a spa, two full-service restaurants, a rooftop pool-side café and a swanky lobby lounge. Also, close by on East Market Street in the middle of the growing NuLu district, will be a brand-new AC Marriott. Filled to the brim with some of Louisville’s most sought after local eats, a few small distilleries and even an axe-throwing venue, NuLu is your go-to for some easy excitement. The new AC Marriott and its 150 rooms will put KICC goers in the center of after-work fun. Be one of the first to see how Louisville, a city within a day’s drive of over half the U.S. population, has transformed into one of the most unique cities in the nation. To stay up-to-date on all the latest in Louisville, visit transformationlouisville.com.