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The Year of Change

A new state tourism director. New tourism division staff (and new roles for some of our veteran staff). A new marketing agency. A new tourism campaign. And now we are finishing up the end of our fiscal year with some changeups to our industry communications. We have collected input from industry members on how they would like to receive communications from our office, and we are implementing some of these suggestions in conjunction with our new campaign.

You may have noticed that what started off as a weekly COVID-19 newsletter has now morphed into a regular, weekly quick-read update on the tourism industry. We will continue these weekly touch-base emails (we're workshopping some names now) in the future. You will also find information on both our virtual huddles and our webinar partnership with E-Learning U in these weekly updates.

We will continue to release our monthly Travel Talk newsletter (like this one) the last Wednesday of the month. These Travel Talks will highlight the upcoming month and will feature longer-form stories, important dates, links you need to see and much more.

The Kansas Tourism Division staff members are excited to continue growing our collaborations with you, our valued industry partners. You are the folks who make our state great, and we will continue to provide you with valuable information and a little inspiration along the way.

To the stars, friends!

Tourism Marketing Grant Open

The application period for the Tourism Marketing Grant Program (TMGP) is now open. The application deadline for this round is August 1st, with awardees announced in October.  The TMGP was developed as an ongoing grant program designed to assist organizations in innovative, dedicated advertising and marketing. 

Learn more about this story →

Heartland Byways Conference

October 27-29, 2020 | Leavenworth, Kansas

Registration for the Heartland Byways Conference will re-open July 1. For those that previously registered for the canceled event in April, the registrations and fees will carry over to this rescheduled date. Hotel booking information and links are now live for the rescheduled dates and can be accessed at travelks.com.

The Kansas Byways Annual Meeting will be held prior to the conference on Monday, October 26 from 2-5 p.m. at the Home2Suites in Leavenworth. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sue Stringer.

Learn more about the Heartland Byways Conference →

Connect with Tourism Regions

Have you connected with your local tourism marketing regions yet? 

Learn more about the regions →

Northwest Region
North Central Region
Northeast Region
Southwest Region
South Central Region
Southeast Region


E-Learning U webinars are free with coupon code TravelKS.




  • Wednesday, July 1 - Heartland Byways Conference Registration Reopens
  • Wednesday, July 1 - Kansas Tourism Virtual Huddle
  • Wednesday, July 15 - Kansas Tourism Virtual Huddle
  • Wednesday, July 29 - Kansas Tourism Virtual Huddle


  • Saturday, August 1 - Tourism Marketing Grant Closes 
  • Wednesday, August 12 - Kansas Tourism Virtual Huddle
  • Wednesday, August 26 - Kansas Tourism Virtual Huddle


  • Friday, Sept. 4 - Governor's Council on Travel and Tourism Meeting
  • Wednesday, Sept. 9 - Kansas Tourism Virtual Huddle
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23 - Kansas Tourism 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 Sue Stringer.

New & Renewing for June, 2020

The Lodge at Timber Creek   Leon
Wakarusa Valley Vineyard, LLC   Wakarusa
Chautauqua Hills Farm   Longton
Pinecrest, LLC   Rose Hill
Lyons Creek Local   Junction City
Love Lavender Farm   Wamego

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