July Newsletter

This month’s greeting comes from Colby, because Bridgette didn’t check her email before heading off for a leadership retreat. She acts like she is super busy or something. I guess we can let it slide, this one time. ;)

We are less than 2 months out from our 2023 Kansas Media Event, and it will be here before we know it! Be sure you are working with your regional tourism coalition (see links below) for the latest updates pertaining to this year’s event. We are 15 registrations shy from our attendance goal, and I know we can absolutely crush that record in 2023. The Kansas Media Event is just as much your media event, as it is Kansas Tourism’s. Please reach out to invite your media contacts to the event and send them to this website for more information and registration.

While we are talking about media, I want to share some conversations I’ve had the past couple months that I found to be so inspiring and a reflection of the marketing efforts we have done as an industry for the past couple years. I spoke on a panel at the NATJA conference this past May called FAM Trips 101(see our glossary for acronym descriptions!). It addressed new standards for hosting media, concerns we face, and expectations from a DMO and from the media. It was a great, interactive session for us panelists, and the media in attendance. After the session, I had 5 different writers come up to me and say they never considered Kansas in the past as a destination they would want to pitch, but after that session, and seeing our marketing collateral, they are impressed by what we are doing. One gentleman said, and I quote, “I didn’t realize Kansas was cool”.  I had a few others mention that they have seen more stuff coming out of Kansas in the past couple years than they have their entire 30-year career in travel writing. I jumped with joy and said GOOD!

I have hosted 7 writers this year between the South Central and Southwest FAM trips, with 5 out of the 7 being first time Kansas visitors. Every single writer that was here left saying they can’t wait to come back and explore the other regions. Both trips were so much fun, and I can’t help but be thankful for the amazing media we keep hosting year after year. One of the writers from the SW trip mentioned she couldn’t believe the cultural and topographical diversity. She said in 4 days we saw river lowlands, expansive prairie, chalk formations, sand dunes, and the red dirt Gypsum Hills. She couldn’t believe that was only 1 of the 6 regions we have in our beautiful state. I look forward to another great FAM trip this September in the Northeast and changing even more perceptions.  

I’ll wrap this up by saying, what we are doing matters! Every single PR effort is a piece in a large puzzle, but that puzzle is never complete. Each social media post, blog, news release, all of it, adds to this ever-evolving story about us, our destinations, attractions, and communities. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but you are a rockstar, keep shining!


Colby Sharples-Terry

We invite you to be a part of the Kansas tourism industry's "don't miss" conference of the year, October 16-18, 2023, in Dodge City, KS. Enjoy inspiring speakers, valuable educational information, and fun networking opportunities.

Register Here

Grant Opportunities

Attraction Development Grant - Start planning now! Applications for the Kansas Tourism Attraction Development Grant are opening on August 1st and will be due October 1st. This grant is designed to provide assistance in the development of new tourism attractions or the enhancement of existing attractions within the State. You can view the guidelines and information here.

Tourism Marketing Grant - This grant was developed to assist organizations in innovative, dedicated advertising and marketing. The application round is open NOW and has a deadline of August 1st. You can view the guidelines and application here.

For questions on either grant contact Carrie.

To The Stars: Business Awards

The Kansas Department of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2023 To The Stars: Kansas Business Awards. The popular annual awards program recognizes companies and individuals around the state for the positive impact they make to their communities and to the Kansas economy. To learn more about the award categories, view past winners and to nominate a business or businessperson, including your own, click here. The nominations portal will accept nominations through July 20.

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.  
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Dates to Remember


  • Tues, July 4 - State Offices Closed
  • Wed, July 12 - Virtual Huddle


  • Tues, Aug 1 - Marketing Grants Due
  • Fri, Aug 4 - Governor's Council Mtg
  • Wed, Aug 9 - Virtual Huddle
  • Wed, Aug 30 - Media Event


  • Mon, Sept 4 - State Offices Closed
  • Sept 8-17 - Kansas State Fair
  • Wed, Sept 13 - Virtual Huddle

For a full list of industry events click here.

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 Wendling.

New & Renewing in June 2023

Bar U Ranch Cottonwood Falls
Little Munchkins Pumpkin Patch Alma
Prairie Fire Winery Paxico
Tangledfoot Wine Cellar Gypsum
The Ranch at Danville Danville
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