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.