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 19, 2020 - October 21, 2020

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Monday, October 19 (Tentative Schedule)
  • 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 - Conference Overview and Introductions
  • 3:00pm - Opening Conference Session - Judge Tommy Webb: You Can Make a Difference
  • 4:45pm - Exhibitor Welcome Reception & Networking
  • 5:30pm - Board Busses for Evening Event
  • 6:00pm - Evening Community Event at the Air Museum
Tuesday, October 20 (Tentative Schedule)
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm - Registration & Information Desk Open
  • 8:00am - Breakfast (Coalition Meeting Time #1)
  • 9:00am - Conference Welcome Community Introductions
  • 9:15am - 10:15am - General Session - U.S. Travel Update
  • 10:15am - 10:35am - Refreshment Break & Visit Exhibit Area
  • Materials Exchange Tables Open
  • 10:45am - 11:45am - General Session - Kansas First Impressions Survey
  • Jan Steen, Facilitator
  • Nadine Sigle, Facilitator
  • K-State Research and Extension Panel Discussion
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm - Buffet Luncheon & Visit Exhibit Area, Exhibitor/Sponsor Presentations, Speed Dating with KDWPT
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm - General Session by KDWPT - State of Tourism in Kansas
  • 3:00pm - 3:15pm - Refreshment Break & Visit Exhibit Area
  • 3:15pm - 4:15pm - Legislator Panel
  • 4:15pm - 4:45pm - 30 Ideas in 30 Minutes (Bring your best marketing/event/employee idea you have implemented this year)
  • 4:45pm - 5:00pm - Tourism Gives Back
  • 5:00pm - Optional Exhibitor Tear Down
  • 5:30pm - Dinner on Your Own - Taco Truck Challenge
Wednesday, October 21 (Tentative Schedule)
  • 8:00am - 2:00pm - Registration and Information Desk Open
  • 8:00am - 8:45am - Breakfast (Coalition Meeting Time #2)
  • 8:45am - 9:45am - Breakout Session/Tracks
  • 9:45am - 10:00am - Transfer Break
  • 10:00am - 11:00am - Breakout Session/Tracks
  • 11:15am - 12:15pm - General Session - Adrienne Bulinski: Perseverance with Grit
  • 12:15pm - 1:45pm - TIAK Annual Meeting/Lunch
  • 1:45pm - 2:45pm - Breakout Session/Tracks
  • 2:45pm - 3:00pm - Transfer Break
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Breakout Session/Tracks
  • 4:30pm - Set Table Decorations (Coalition Meeting Time #3)
  • 5:30pm - 6:00pm - Reception
  • 6:00pm - Kansas Tourism Dinner & Marketing Awards Banquet

Marketing Awards

Thank you to all who submitted entries for the TIAK Marketing Awards!

Do you have what it takes to promote your organization? If so, then plan to enter the 2021 TIAK Marketing Award contest next year! 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.

Support a Student

The 2020 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.


2020 Kansas Tourism Conference Scholarship Application

Hotel Information

Liberal Conference Center
503 Hotel Drive
Liberal, Kansas 67901

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott
501 Hotel Drive
Liberal, Kansas 67901
(620) 624-1200
Room rate: $99-$109/night
Last day to book: Saturday, October 3, 2020

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Hampton Inn and Suites
508 Hotel Drive
Liberal, Kansas 67901
(620) 604-0699
Room rate: $99/night

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Annual Silent Auction

Donate an auction item to support TIAK (must have a value of at least $50). For more information email Stacy Barnes at administrator@greensburgks.org, Roxanne Morgan atrmorgan@finneycountycvb.com, or Louise Carlin at louise@symphonyintheflinthills.org. 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 September 27, 2019 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.