Kansas Tourism Conference

The Kansas Tourism Conference is a highlight each year with inspiring speakers and networking opportunities. Both sponsors and attendees, alike, enjoy interacting with hotels, attractions, CVBs, and dining and retail establishments from across Kansas!

Conference Dates

October 17, 2022 - October 19, 2022

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Pre-Conference Workshop

Join us for a pre-conference workshop on Monday, October 17th from 10:00am – 2:30pm to learn more about the Office of Rural Prosperity. For an additional fee of $25, you’ll hear more about USDA Placemaking Initiatives, Revitalizing your Rural Community, Understand what’s next for Power Ups and be introduced to some Rural Champions.

Click here to register for the workshop.


Monday, October 17 (Tentative Schedule)
  • 10:00am - Rural Prosperity Summit (for extra charge)
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm - Registration/Information Desk Open
  • 12:00pm - Exhibitor Setup
  • 12:00pm - Silent Auction Setup
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm - TIAK Board Meeting
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm - First-Time Attendee's Orientation
  • 3:30pm - Conference Welcome
  • 3:35pm - Opening Conference Session Keynote - Jackie Stiles: Facing Adversity
  • 4:30pm - Exhibitor Welcome Reception & Networking
  • 5:30pm - Board Buses for Evening Event
  • 6:00pm - Evening Community Event at Chicken N Pickle
Tuesday, October 18 (Tentative Schedule)
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm - Registration & Information Desk Open
  • 8:00am - Breakfast & Coalition Meeting
  • 9:00am - Conference Welcome Community Introductions
  • 9:15am - 9:45am - Spotlight on Visit Wichita
  • 9:45am - 10:45am - General Session Keynote - Larry Hatteberg: Building Your Community Story
  • 10:45am - 11:00am - Refreshment Break & Visit Exhibit Area
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm - General Session - Best Practices: Creating Local Partnerships
  • Visit Wichita (Shannon Uhrig: Brewery Tour, Attraction Tour)
  • Visit Topeka (Sean Dixon, Dino Days)
  • Wild West Country (Sally Fuller, Museum Passport Map)
  • 12:15pm - 1:45pm - Buffet Luncheon & Visit Exhibit Area, Exhibitor/Sponsor Presentations, Speed Dating with Kansas Tourism
  • 1:45pm - 3:00pm - General Session - Kansas Tourism: State of Tourism in Kansas
  • 3:00pm - 3:15pm - Refreshment Break & Visit Exhibit Area
  • 3:15pm - 4:30pm - General Session - Kansas Tourism: It's All That Data
  • 5:00pm - Optional Exhibitor Tear Down
  • 5:00pm - SportsKS Mixer
  • 5:00pm - Dinner on Your Own - Beer Tour/Coffee Tour (info in packets)
Wednesday, October 19 (Tentative Schedule)
  • 8:00am - 2:00pm - Registration and Information Desk Open
  • 8:00am - 9:00am - Breakfast & Coalition Meeting
  • 9:00am - 10:00am - General Session Keynote - Dr. Nels Lindsborg: Building Better Teams
  • 9:45am - 10:00am - Break
  • 10:00am - 10:45am - Breakout Session/Tracks
  • 11:00am - 11:30am - 30 Ideas in 30 Minutes (bring your best marketing/event/employee idea you have implemented this year)
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm - TIAK Annual Meeting/Lunch
  • 1:15pm - 2:00pm - Breakout Session/Tracks
  • Marketing/Communications: Marketing on a Budget - Josey Hammer, Jen Russ Freelance
  • Leadership/Personal Development: Leadership with different generations
  • Sales/Service: Meeting Market Trends Post COVID - Wendy Harms, Helms Brisco & Meredith Carr, Meeting Planner's Collective
  • 2:00pm - 2:15pm - Transfer Break
  • 2:15pm - 3:00pm - Breakout Session/Tracks
  • Marketing/Communications: Key Analytics - How to quantify data and present it to stakeholders - Sean Dixon, Visit Topeka
  • Leadership/Personal Development: Finding your leadership style
  • Sales/Service: Identifying and Packaging Niche Markets
  • - Alex Freund, Miami Co (Farm Tour)
  • - African American History Trail
  • - Melissa Dixon, Hays CVB (Historic Churches)
  • - Julie Roller Weeks, Abilene CVB (Presidential Library/WWI)
  • 3:00pm - 3:15pm - Transfer Break
  • 3:15pm - 4:00pm - Breakout Session/Tracks
  • Marketing/Communications: The Ultimate Collaboration: DMOs + Content Creators = $$$ - Brandy Evans, Visit Wichita
  • Leadership/Personal Development: Ideals from first track of leadership
  • Sales/Service: Sports in Communities
  • 4:30pm - Set Table Decorations
  • 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 2022 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. Winners will be announced at the conference. Click here to submit your entry. 

Support a Student

The 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.


2022 Kansas Tourism Conference Scholarship Application

Hotel Information

Wichita Marriott
9100 Corporate Hills Drive
Wichita, Kansas 67207
(316) 651-0333
Room rate: $128/night plus tax
Last day to book: Monday, September 26, 2022

Booking Link:
Click here
Group Name: Kansas Tourism Conference

Annual Silent Auction

Donate an auction item to support TIAK (must have a value of at least $50). For more information email  Roxanne Morgan atrmorgan@finneycountycvb.com, Stacy Barnes at administrator@greensburgks.org, or Christina Hayes at chayes@greatbendks.net. Fill out the electronic form below and either bring your auction item to the conference or mail it by October 1st 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 October 1st in order to give the auction committee time to create the auction catalog. Auction items may be brought to the conference or shipped to committee chairs 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.