Kansas tourism

Kansas Division of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism wants more people to get outdoors on Black Friday.

In 2012 the state of Kansas ranked in the bottom five for tourism, to no one’s surprise hereabouts.

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Wichita’s convention business drives about $45 million a year to the city’s economy. It’s a competitive business, marketing the city and promoting tourism.

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.

Santo grew up in Salina, is a graduate of the University of Kansas and spent the last two decades in Los Angeles. She says she moved back to Wichita in August of 2012 for a couple of reasons.

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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.