April Newsletter

Ch-ch-changes. One year ago, this month, many of us were adjusting to working from home as our personal and work lives were filled with change. It was in April of 2020 that Kansas Tourism and TIAK partnered to hold the very first Kansas Tourism Industry Huddle. We did not call these virtual meetings “Huddles” right at first, that title came along a few months later, but the Huddles are a great example of how we have worked together as an industry to turn a challenging situation into long-term positive results.

This month, Kansas Tourism is starting the process for another significant change. As most of you have heard, Governor Kelly’s Executive Reorganization Order (ERO) to move Kansas Tourism to the Department of Commerce became official on March 26. The effective date of the move is July 1, 2021, but there are many things that need to happen in the next three months to make this move seamless and successful. During our next Huddle on April 14, we will share with you more details on the timeline and transition process.

It is my belief that moving Kansas Tourism to the Department of Commerce is a strategic and wise plan. This change opens many opportunities for the Kansas Tourism division, that will enable multiple positive possibilities for the entire tourism industry. These long-term positive impacts far out-weigh the challenges of the next few months in carrying out the transition.

I look forward to giving you more details at the next Huddle. In the meantime, I encourage you to keep up the good work in promoting our state as a destination to visitors.

To The Stars.

2022 Kansas Travel Guide

Would you like the ability to reach thousands of people about your destination or business for a mere $80? Early bird advertising in the 2022 Kansas Travel Guide will open April 5th.  You can find details about the Travel Guide here or contact Andrea Etzel.


Economic Development Administration (EDA) has set aside $750 million in EDA grants exclusively for communities and states who have experienced severe job loss in the travel, tourism and outdoor sector industries. This is an incredible resource for destination marketing organizations (DMOs) and state tourism offices. Please also find details on who is eligible and how to apply on this fact sheet. We highly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. 

Attraction Development Grants are open with a deadline of April 30th. Click here for more information, guidelines and application for the Attraction Development Grants or contact Taylor Hartshorn.

Kansas Tourism Regions


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Education Resources

Articles & Research

Dates to Remember


  • Wednesday, Apr 14 - Virtual Huddle
  • Friday Apr 30 - Attraction Development Grant Application Deadline


  • Friday, May 7 - Governor's Council on Travel & Tourism Mtg
  • Wednesday, May 12 - Virtual Huddle


  • Wednesday, June 9 - Virtual Huddle
  • Friday, June 18 - Travel Guide Listings Deadline
  • Monday, June 28 - Moving Week to Dept of Commerce

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 March 2021

Barns at Timber Creek Winfield
Bartlett Arboretum Belle Plaine
Barton County Historical Society Great Bend
Corinthians Hill Event Center Great Bend
D & G Tree Farm Louisburg
Drach's Farm & Orchard Hutchinson
Eastman Trust Ranch Grenola
Enright Gardens Edgerton
Gypsum Hills Trail Rides Medicine Lodge
Hickory Hollow Pumpkin Patch Spearville
Kanza Cattle, Vineyards, Honey & Flora Chapman
Pearson's Farms/Common Ground Producers and Growers Wichita
Piccalilli Farms Manhattan
Providence Hill Farms Atchison
Rain Dancer Arabians Spring Hill
Scattered Acres Outfitting Palmer
Schaake's Pumpkin Patch Lawrence
The AppleHutch Plains
The Barn at Kill Creek Farm De Soto
The Lavender Patch Farm Fort Scott
Vonada Farms Sylvan Grove
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