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Community
10:40 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Group Unveils Survey Results For Wichita's Future 'Brand'

From left, Don Anderson and Gary Sherwin display the results of Wichita "branding" surveys conducted in September. The nearly 2,000 respondents were asked to describe the strengths and weaknesses of the city.
Sean Sandefur

Click through the slideshow above for the full survey results

The results of a regional survey centered around Wichita’s future branding were revealed Monday night at the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation office. 

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Community
6:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

What is Wichita's Brand? You Can Help Decide

Wichita, Kansas flag, designed by artist Cecil McAlister in 1937.
Credit Mysid / Wikimedia Commons

How would you describe Wichita to a friend from Michigan? To a student from Zimbabwe? To a business looking to relocate from Connecticut? In essence, what makes Wichita Wichita?

That's what city leaders want to know, and what they want your help discovering.

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Government
10:30 am
Wed March 19, 2014

City Council Approves New Hotel Tax To Promote Tourism

Wichita's City Council voted 7-0 yesterday to approve a new hotel tax to finance efforts to promote tourism and attract large events.

The 2.75 percent tax will apply for guests at hotels with more than 50 rooms.

The levy is expected to generate about 2 1/2- to- 3 million dollars a year.

The Council also approved the establishment of a tourism business improvement district yesterday.

Wichita officials say current promotional funding was growing slowly, and the city is facing strong competition from other cities to attract conventions and tourists.

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Richard Crowson: Kansas Tourism

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

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Tourism
7:57 am
Fri May 17, 2013

The Job: Get People To Visit Wichita

Susie Santo, president and CEO of Go Wichita Convention & Tourism Bureau.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

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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Tourism
7:25 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Tourism Is Big Business In Kansas, $8 Billion In 2011

Credit jimmywayne / flickr Creative Commons

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.

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Community
10:47 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Abilene Among Smithsonian's 'Best Small Towns To Visit'

Abilene, Kan., in August 2011.
Credit TravelKS / flickr Creative Commons

Abilene, Kan., has been recognized by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 20 best small towns to visit. The article, titled “The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013” appears in Smithsonian Magazine’s April issue.

Abilene, which is just east of Salina off of highway 70 and has a population of 6,800, comes in at number 17 and is featured among well-known small towns like Gettysburg, Penn. and Sausalito, Calif. 

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Tourism
7:02 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Gov. Brownback Announces Committee To Guide Tourism Efforts In The State

Spring duck migration at Cheyenne Bottoms in Kansas.
Jeff Slater Flickr

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced the formation of the Kansas Ecotourism Steering Committee Wednesday at Wichita’s Great Plains Nature Center.

Gov. Brownback says the 16-member steering committee will help guide ecotourism efforts as well as recommend objectives and marketing strategies to grow the industry in the state.

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison will spearhead the group.

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