It’s Kansas Tourism Conference month! I can’t wait to see you all in Wichita for another great annual conference. This 2 ½ day event is a partnership between Kansas Tourism and the Travel Industry Association of Kansas (TIAK). I would like to give a great big shout out to TIAK for doing the planning and all the hard work that goes into making this a quality conference. And I am confident Visit Wichita is going to show us all a good time as our host.
Occasionally someone will ask me why it is important to attend the annual tourism conference. I get it – it is an investment of your time and budget. But I believe that in return you will gather significant long-lasting rewards from that investment.
At each annual conference, you will learn new things and new ways to be better at your job. And maybe even more importantly, you get to spend time with other tourism professionals from across the state. Some of the best friendships and collaborations I have made in my career in tourism began at an annual tourism conference.
Remember to come prepared for the Speed Dating session over the lunch hour on Tuesday on the conference. This is your opportunity to have 3 minutes of conversation with myself and Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland. We want to hear everything from your challenges to your exciting future plans. We want to hear what you think we are doing right, as well as what you think we could do better. You only get three minutes, but we take notes and follow up after the conference. We really want to hear from you, so come prepared to share with us.
See you all soon in Wichita.
To The Stars.