September Newsletter

National Underground Railroad

National Underground Railroad Month

In September we will be observing National Underground Railroad Month.  This acknowledges the significance of the Underground Railroad, and all those involved, for its contribution to the eradication of slavery in the United States and as a cornerstone for a more comprehensive civil rights movement that followed. It honors the inspiring efforts of people from around the world who have committed themselves to document, interpret, and share with the public the history of the Underground Railroad. Be sure to check on September 1st to see how we are marketing this important part of history!


We invite you to be a part of the Kansas tourism industry's "don't miss" conference of the year, October 19-21, 2020, in Liberal, KS. Enjoy inspiring speakers, valuable educational information, and fun networking opportunities. 

The Kansas Tourism division realizes that 2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenges for our industry. Therefore Kansas Tourism will be providing a grant for you to cover your registration costs to attend the 2020 annual conference. Kansas has so many things to celebrate this year and we can't wait for you to be a part of the fun!

Register Here


Let's Go There

U.S. Travel - New Campaign

U.S. Travel Association is launching an industry-wide campaign - Let's Go There on September 8.  This will inspire Americans to do what is exciting, safe and productive: make plans to travel. Through a phased and layered approach, this integrated, multi-channel consumer campaign will fill the media ecosystem and create an echo chamber across the industry.

Learn more about the Campaign →

Virtual Media Event

The COVID Pivot....seems to be the only way to stay afloat during this pandemic. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the media event that was to be held in March at Meredith Publications. So we've decided to pivot and are proceeding with a virtual event!  On September 10th, Kansas Tourism will be partnering with the six Kansas regional organizations, giving them the opportunity to virtually share their regions with Meredith editors for future travel stories. 

We encourage you to become a member of your local tourism marketing region. 

Learn more about the regions →


E-Learning U webinars are free with coupon code TravelKS.


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  • 5 Things Meeting Planners Want To Destination Organizations to Know Now - As one part of a gauge on the meeting planning industry in the current environment and to help DMOs gain a greater sense of how they best support these critically important clients right now, Destination Analysts interviewed meeting planners and asked them to discuss their perspectives on the impact of COVID-19 on the meetings industry now and into the future, as well as their advice for DMOs. 


  • Friday, Sept. 4 - Governor's Council on Travel and Tourism Meeting
  • Wednesday, Sept. 9 - Kansas Tourism Virtual Huddle
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23 - Kansas Tourism Virtual Huddle



  • Wednesday, Nov 4 - Kansas Tourism Virtual Huddle
  • Friday, Nov 6 - Governor's Council on Travel & Tourism Meeting
  • Wednesday, Nov 18 - Kansas Tourism Virtual Huddle
  • November 26-27 - State Offices Closed

We are continuously getting new and renewing Kansas Agritourism businesses that we'd love for you to explore and highlight in your own communities! For more information on the Kansas Agritourism Program, please contact Sue Stringer.

New & Renewing in August 2020

500 Road Farms   Lawrence
B/C Farms Enterprises   Mulvane
Elderslie LLC   Valley Center
JL Bar Ranch   Winona
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm   Olathe
Petyt Creek Ranch Barn   Cunningham
Rocky Slope Ranch   Alta Vista
Seven Pines LLC   Meriden
Timber Valley Ranch   Formoso
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