I so enjoyed seeing many of you at KTC22 in Wichita. What a great conference. And kudos to Visit Wichita for being a fantastic host and encouraging us to experience many of Wichita’s attractions and dining establishments. We were having so much fun that as the Kansas Tourism team was leaving Thursday morning to return to Topeka, we decided to make one more stop at one of my favorite Wichita breakfast places, Doo-Dah Diner. Thank you, Visit Wichita, for sharing your great city.
I hope that you all left the conference inspired and challenged in your role in the tourism industry. One of the things that stood out to me during the Tuesday afternoon Data Presentation was the fact that December is trending to be one of our higher travel months. This is not a month that we have typically thought of in that way, but it makes sense when you realize that visiting friends and family ranks very high for reasons visitors travel to Kansas. This has generated a lot of talk in our office as we are making our 2023 marketing plans and discussing how we are going to respond to that information. If the travelers are already coming, we don’t necessarily need to inspire them to travel to Kansas, but how can we get them to stay longer and explore something new while they are here? We have not sorted it all out yet, but I hope these are the types of conversations that you are having at your office after the Tourism Conference.
Please join us next week, Wednesday, Nov 9 at 1PM for the Tourism Industry Huddle. After TIAK provides an election update, I will be sharing a couple of items that I ran out of time to share with you at the Conference. It doesn’t matter how fast I talk, I just have too much to share and run out of time every year. Hope to see you on Wednesday.
To The Stars.