February Newsletter

I blinked for a second, and here we are in the second month of 2022.  January was a whirlwind of activity and February is looking about the same.  Thank you to everyone who participated in our Kansas Day celebration. You are the ones who make this social celebration successful.   We were thrilled with the many positive responses we received from our To The Stars Kansas Day Video and will be integrating the video into our marketing messaging.  We truly loved seeing all your creative and inspiring salutes to Kansas.  Our internal team is already talking about how we can make next year’s Kansas Day even better. 

Kansas Tourism has two grants open right now.  The TASK grant and the ADGP grant are both designed to spur new tourism development in our state.  There is more information below in this newsletter on both these grants, so make sure you check them out. 

I hope to see you in Topeka on Feb 9 for the Kansas Tourism Open House.  This is our first official chance to show off our new offices at the Dept of Commerce since we moved here last July.  The Open House is Wednesday, Feb 9 from 1:30 – 3:30 and we hope you will stop by for a tour and a chance to get to know us a little better. 

In honor of February and Valentine’s Day, I will leave you with some wisdom from Charles M. Schulz. “All you need is love.  But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” 

Have a wonderful February.  Stay Warm.  


You're Invited

Kansas Day Wrap Up

Thank you all for participating in our Kansas Day event!  Following are some of the statistics we've gathered so far: 

  • All Kansas Tourism Kansas Day Related Post Reach – 291,487; +44% YOY
  • Kansas Day Video Views - +62%YOY
  • Kansas Day Video Reactions - +110% YOY
  • Kansas Day Video Shares – 21% YOY
  • Kansas Day Video Comments - +100% YOY

If you didn't get a chance to see the video be sure to check it out here and please share!

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2023 Official Kansas Travel Guide

It's that time again! Would you like the ability to reach thousands of people about your destination or business for a mere $80? Be sure to purchase a listing in the 2023 Kansas Travel Guide. You can find details about how to purchase your listing here or contact Andrea Etzel.


  • EARLY BIRD – January 18 – February 28
  • GENERAL – March 1 – March 31
  • INVOICES SENT – After April 1


  • EARLY BIRD - $80, Standard & $120, Highlighted
  • GENERAL - $100, Standard & $140, Highlighted

Tourism Attraction Sub-Grants for Kansas (TASK) Resources

For questions please contact Taylor Hartshorn.

Creative Arts Industry Commission

Kansas Creative Arts Industry Commission

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) is focused on the creative industries sector of the Kansas economy. The Commission is dedicated to promoting, supporting and expanding Kansas’ creative industries and enriching communities through arts and culture. KCIAC is now accepting applications in all of its 11 grant categories for projects in the upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022. 

Guidelines & Applications

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Also as part of his tenure as the Kansas Poet Laureate, Huascar Medina can be available for readings, workshops, and brief poetry additions (such as 10-15 minute opener/closers/welcomes) to any conferences, convenings or events being planned throughout Commerce. Keep him in mind for these sorts of events & complete this request form to inquire about scheduling. 

Kansas Tourism Regions


Have you connected with your local tourism marketing region yet? 

Kansas Tourism has made it a priority to market the state regionally as visitors respond well to this approach. In Kansas there are six tourism regions, and each region has an organization that represents their members. By being a part of your regional organization, you have access to additional marketing and advertising opportunities. Kansas Tourism depends heavily on these regional organizations to help direct our marketing efforts. If you are not sure what region you are in, or how to get in contact with them, reach out to Kelli Orender and she can help you get to the correct person.  
Education Resources

Articles & Research

Dates to Remember


  • Wednesday, Feb 9 - TIAK's Destination Statehouse & Kansas Tourism Open House 


  • Wednesday, Mar 9 - Virtual Huddle


  • Wednesday, Apr 13  - Virtual Huddle

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 Kelsey Tully.

New & Renewing in January 2022

BlueJacket Crossing Vineyard & Winery Lawrence
Crum's Heirlooms, LLC

Bonner Springs

KC Farm School Kansas City
Klamm Flowers Bonner Springs
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