Kansas Tourism Conference

The Kansas Tourism Conference is a highlight each year with inspiring speakers and networking opportunities. Click the “Register Now” button below to sponsor or attend the annual conference in Junction City in 2018 and interact with hotels, attractions, CVBs, and dining and retail establishments from across Kansas.


Conference Dates

October 22, 2018 - October 24, 2018

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Monday, October 22 (Tentative Schedule)
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm - Registration/Information Desk Open
  • 12:00pm - Exhibitor Setup
  • 12:00pm - Silent Auction Setup
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm - TIAK Board Meeting
  • 3:00pm - Opening Conference Session - Paul Vitale, Vital Communications, Inc.
  • 4:15pm - First-Timers Orientation
  • 4:30pm - Exhibitor Welcome Refreshment Break & Reception
  • 6:30pm - Evening Event Junction City
Tuesday, October 23 (Tentative Schedule)
  • 8:00am - 3:00pm - Registration & Information Desk Open
  • 8:00am - Breakfast
  • 9:00am - Conference Welcome
  • 9:15am - 10:15am - General Session, Col. Stephen Shrader
  • 10:15am - 10:30am - Refreshment Break & Visit Exhibit Area
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm - General Session by KDWPT - State of Tourism in Kansas
  • 12:00pm - 1:15pm - Buffet Luncheon & Visit Exhibit Area, Exhibitor/Sponsor Presentations
  • 1:15pm - 2:30pm - General Session by KDWPT - State of Tourism in Kansas
  • 2:30pm - 2:45pm - Refreshment Break & Visit Exhibit Area
  • 2:45pm - 3:45pm - Lt. Governor's Candidate Panel Discussion
  • -Senator Lynn Rogers, Kelly Campaign
  • -Wink Hartman, Kobach Campaign
  • -Senator John Doll, Orman Campaign
  • 3:45pm - 4:00pm - Transfer Break
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Facilitated Round Table Discussions
  • 1. Tourism and Economic Development Work Together
  • 2. Events Drive Tourism
  • 3. Political Involvement
  • 4. Open Forum Discussion
  • 5. Small Budget Social Media Campaigns
  • 6. Outdoor Adventure Tourism
  • 7. Short-Term Rentals/AirBNB/Bed & Breakfast
  • 5:00pm - Exhibitor Tear Down
  • 6:00 - 8:30pm - Junction City Community Signature Event
Wednesday, October 24 (Tentative Schedule)
  • 7:30am - 2:00pm - Registration and Information Desk Open
  • 7:30am - 8:30am - Coalition Meetings
  • 7:30am - 8:30am - Breakfast
  • 8:30am - 9:30am - General Session - Mike Matson, Kansas Farm Bureau: Perception Management
  • 9:30am - 9:45am - Transfer Break
  • 9:45am - 10:45am - Breakout Session/Tracks
  • LEADERSHIP: Leadership and Diversity in the Workplace, Aaron Wirtz
  • SALES & MARKETING: Writing Effective Content, Greta Perel
  • EVENTS & ATTRACTIONS: See Something, Say Something, Chief Dan Breci, Junction City Police Department
  • TOURISM ISSUES: Kansas Amusement Ride Law Changes and Impacts, Sue Stringer, KDWPT
  • 10:45am - 11:00am - Refreshment Break
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm - General Session - Ed O'Malley, Kanas Leadership Center
  • 12:00pm- 1:45pm - TIAK Annual Meeting/Lunch
  • 1:45pm - 2:45pm - Breakout Session/Tracks
  • LEADERSHIP: Handling Confrontational Questions, Gordon Hibbard, Dale Carnegie-Kansas Heartland
  • SALES & MARKETING: Google Posts: A new FREE way to drive traffic to your content, Andrea Johnson, eXplore Lawrence
  • EVENTS & ATTRACTIONS: Pitching Your Community/Event/Experience, Kathy Richardson, Small World Gallery
  • TOURISM ISSUES: Traveler Social Media Preferences and Habits, Jody Farrar, Consultant
  • 2:45pm - 3:00pm - Transfer Break
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Breakout Session/Tracks
  • LEADERSHIP: Economic Lifelines Transportation Task Force Discussion, Michael White
  • SALES & MARKETING: Customer Follow-Through: Secrets of Success, Gordon Hibbard, Dale Carnegie-Kansas Heartland
  • EVENTS & ATTRACTIONS: Growing Sports Revenue, Bubba Gaeddert, Visit Olathe
  • TOURISM ISSUES: Smartphone Video Production, Grant Neuhold, Kiowa County Media Center
  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm - Coalition Meetings & Free Time
  • 5:30pm - 6:00pm - Reception
  • 6:00pm - Kansas Tourism Dinner & Marketing Awards Banquet

Marketing Awards

Do you have what it takes to promote your organization? If so, then plan to enter the 2018 TIAK Marketing Award contest! Our goal is to recognize the outstanding marketing efforts of tourism throughout Kansas. This program is limited to TIAK members only, so be sure to join if you haven’t already. Click here for submission requirements and registration.

Support a Student

The 2018 Kansas Tourism Conference will be here before you blink! Now is the time to contribute to the Student Scholarship Fund so we can continue offering a scholarship to a student in a Kansas hospitality/tourism program of study. This is a great opportunity for the next generation of tourism professionals to learn about Kansas, network in the industry and build upon their coursework and learning. However, we cannot award a scholarship without the help of our members. Did you know it takes $600 to bring a student to the conference each year? Between meals, lodging and conference registration, that’s a lot for a college kid to shell out, so let’s help to keep the momentum going for this great program! You can donate as little as $10.

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Celebrate Local Products

Celebrate local and everyone wins! Bring your local products to the Kansas Tourism Conference – beer, wine, food products. Donate them to the Local Products Pull Fundraiser and purchase your tickets at the conference for $10 each. Each donated product will match a ticket number sold. Collect your local products to share and be ready to win! Contact Karen Hibbard with questions at karen@manhattan.org.

KTC Auction_Product Pull_Raffle Information

Hotel Information

Courtyard by Marriott and Convention Center

310 Hammons Drive
Junction City, Kansas 66441
United States

(785) 210-1500
Conference Rate – $91/night (Special Rate Code: TIAK or TRAVEL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF KANSAS)

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Annual Silent Auction

Donate an auction item and you could win a prize while helping to support TIAK. Bidders will vote for the best-themed item (must have a value of at least $50). A $50 gift certificate will be awarded to the “People’s Choice” item. For more information email Stacy Barnes at tourism@greensburgks.org or Roxanne Morgan atrmorgan@finneycountycvb.com. Fill out the electronic form below and either bring your auction item to the conference or mail it by October 6th to Finney County CVB, c/o Roxanne Morgan at 1513 E. Fulton Terrace, Garden City, KS 67846.

Auction Donation

KTC auction donation form

    This form must be completed by September 23, 2018 in order to give the auction committee time to create the auction catalog. Auction items may be brought to the conference or shipped to Finney County prior to the event.
  • Please list ALL names as they should appear in the auction catalog.
  • Please write the description as it should appear in the auction catalog.
  • Please note: The minimum retail value is $50.

Additional Events

Sports Kansas is hosting their 2nd Annual Golf Tournament this year prior to the start of the conference on Monday, October 22nd from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm at Rolling Meadows Golf Course in Junction City. Proceeds would benefit a scholarship to a Kansas high school student. They will also have some activities around the clubhouse for those who don’t want to play golf but still want to be a part of the event (cornhole tournament, tailgate golf, bocce ball, etc.). Click here for more information and to register.