tourism http://kmuw.org en City Council Approves New Hotel Tax To Promote Tourism http://kmuw.org/post/city-council-approves-new-hotel-tax-promote-tourism <p>Wichita's City Council voted 7-0 yesterday to approve a new hotel tax to finance efforts to promote tourism and attract large events.</p><p>The 2.75 percent tax will apply for guests at hotels with more than 50 rooms.</p><p>The levy is expected to generate about 2 1/2- to- 3 million dollars a year.</p><p>The Council also approved the establishment of a tourism business improvement district yesterday.</p><p>Wichita officials say current promotional funding was growing slowly, and the city is facing strong competition from other cities to attract conventions and tourists.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:30:24 +0000 Associated Press 31701 at http://kmuw.org Richard Crowson: Kansas Tourism http://kmuw.org/post/richard-crowson-kansas-tourism <p>In 2012 the state of Kansas ranked in the bottom five for tourism, to no one’s surprise hereabouts. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 23330 at http://kmuw.org Richard Crowson: Kansas Tourism The Job: Get People To Visit Wichita http://kmuw.org/post/job-get-people-visit-wichita <p>Wichita’s convention business drives about $45 million a year to the city’s economy.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a competitive business, marketing the city and promoting tourism.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Go Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau got a new leader late last year, Susie Santo, who is excited about promoting Wichita to the rest of the country.</span></p> Fri, 17 May 2013 12:57:46 +0000 Carla Eckels 17392 at http://kmuw.org The Job: Get People To Visit Wichita Tourism Is Big Business In Kansas, $8 Billion In 2011 http://kmuw.org/post/tourism-big-business-kansas-8-billion-2011 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials say travel and tourism in Kansas generated almost $8 billion in 2011. Becky Blake, the state director of tourism, says 32 million people visited Kansas in 2011 -- and each visitor spent about $236.</span></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:25:54 +0000 J. Schafer 16454 at http://kmuw.org Tourism Is Big Business In Kansas, $8 Billion In 2011 Abilene Among Smithsonian's 'Best Small Towns To Visit' http://kmuw.org/post/abilene-among-smithsonians-best-small-towns-visit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Abilene, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., has been recognized by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 20 best small towns to visit. The article, titled “</span><a href="http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/The-20-Best-Small-Towns-to-Visit-in-2013-196855051.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">” appears in Smithsonian Magazine’s April issue.</span></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:47:32 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 15182 at http://kmuw.org Abilene Among Smithsonian's 'Best Small Towns To Visit' Gov. Brownback Announces Committee To Guide Tourism Efforts In The State http://kmuw.org/post/gov-brownback-announces-committee-guide-tourism-efforts-state <p></p><p style="padding: 0px; margin-bottom: 16px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 11.818181991577148px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); line-height: 14.545454025268555px; ">Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced the formation of the Kansas Ecotourism Steering Committee Wednesday at Wichita’s Great Plains Nature Center.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 12:02:11 +0000 Carla Eckels 5899 at http://kmuw.org Gov. Brownback Announces Committee To Guide Tourism Efforts In The State