July Newsletter

Tourism Farewell

It struck me as I started writing this article, that this is the last time I will write to you from my office at Kansas Dept of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. On Thursday, July 1, Kansas Tourism will start an exciting adventure from our new office space within the Kansas Dept of Commerce. I, along with everyone else on this team, has felt some sadness this week as we are saying goodbye to those at KDWPT who are not just co-workers, but also friends. We have worked diligently over the last several weeks to ensure that the partnerships and relationships we have developed at KDWPT will continue to grow and flourish, even if we are not physically here every day.

At the same time, we are filled with excitement and anticipation as we embark on this new journey. Change brings Opportunity. The opportunity that is before us to make significant improvements to the Kansas Tourism Office is substantial. And we do not take this opportunity lightly. We know that we have much hard work to do to make this opportunity a success.

Thank you all for your support through this transition. It is going to take us little time to get acclimated to our new home, but we are committed to making sure that we continue doing what we do – inspiring travel to and throughout Kansas to maximize the positive impacts that tourism has on our state and local communities.

So here is to new friends, new beginnings, and new opportunities.

To The Stars.

Kansas Tourism Conference

Register Now! We invite you to be a part of the Kansas tourism industry's "don't miss" conference of the year, October 18-20, 2021, in Liberal, KS. Enjoy inspiring speakers, valuable educational information, and fun networking opportunities. 

Register Here

Website & PR Updates

Calling all murals! We've got a new page highlighting murals across the state and we want to make sure your community masterpieces are represented! We would love to see individual listings for each mural that you've got. Please make sure to upload high, quality HORIZONTAL images to accompany the listings. Can't remember how to add listings/photos? We've got a tutorial for that.

Check out the new "To The Stories" series that explores the tales of the faces and places that make Kansas such an incredible place to live and explore.

We've also been busy hosting a few influencers this summer.  Check out their travels thru Kansas on Instagram:

2022 Kansas Travel Guide

Thank you to everyone who bought a listing for the 2022 Kansas Travel Guide.  If you missed the deadline for listings you still have time to purchase a display ad. Details and deadlines, can be found on the rate sheet. For more information, questions or to reserve your space, please contact Kim Sommerfeldt at Midwest Living.

Travel Guide Ads

Move Updates

It's official...we have moved to the Kansas Department of Commerce! Please make sure you are aware of the following changes:

  • Make checks out to Kansas Tourism - not Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks
  • Our new address is: 1000 SW Jackson, Ste 100, Topeka, KS  66612
  • Emails and Phone Numbers are the same

Kansas Tourism Regions


Have you connected with your local tourism marketing regions yet? 

Learn more about the regions →

Education Resources


Articles & Research

Dates to Remember


  • Thursday, July 1 - First Day in Dept of Commerce
  • Monday, July 5 - State Offices Closed
  • Wednesday, Jul 14 - Virtual Huddle


  • Sunday, Aug 1 - Marketing Grants Due
  • Friday, Aug 6 - Governor's Council on Travel & Tourism Mtg
  • Wednesday, Aug 11 - Virtual Huddle


  • Monday, Sept 6  - State Offices Closed 
  • Wednesday, Sept 8 - Virtual Huddle
  • Friday, Sept 10 - Kansas State Fair Opening Day

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 Jaimee Salalac.

New & Renewing in June 2021

Black Barn at Stone Creek Rantoul
Elam Lavender and Honey Bee Farm Winfield
Legacy Orchard, LLC Harper
Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm Maize
Spring Creek Guest House Hill City
The Lodge at Prairie Creek Nature Reserve Grantville
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