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 21, 2019 - October 23, 2019

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Agenda

Monday, October 21 (Tentative Schedule)
  • 9:00am - SportsKS 9-hole Golf Scramble
  • 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 - Isaias McCaffery: Foam on the Range, Impact of Immigration on Kansas
  • Isaias McCaffery is sponsored by Humanities Kansas
  • 4:15pm - First-Timers Orientation
  • 4:30pm - Exhibitor Welcome Refreshment Break & Reception - Beer Tasting
  • 6:30pm - Evening Community Event (Progressive Dinner - Kansas Star Casino)
Tuesday, October 22 (Tentative Schedule)
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm - Registration & Information Desk Open
  • 8:00am - Breakfast
  • 9:00am - Conference Welcome & TIAK/KDWPT Introductions
  • 9:15am - 10:15am - General Session - Ford Saeks: Innovative Marketing Mastery
  • 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 - General Session - Gary Sanchez, VisitDallas & Angela Hale, Red Media Group: Texas Welcomes All Campaign
  • 3:45pm - 4:00pm - Transfer Break
  • 4:00pm - 4:30pm - 30 Ideas in 30 Minutes (Bring your best marketing/event/employee idea you have implemented this year)
  • 4:30pm - 5:00pm - State and Community Material Exchange
  • 5:00pm - Exhibitor Tear Down
  • 6:00 - 8:30pm - Dine Around Town
Wednesday, October 23 (Tentative Schedule)
  • 8:00am - 2:00pm - Registration and Information Desk Open
  • 8:00am - 9:00am - Coalition Meetings
  • 8:00am - 9:00am - Breakfast
  • 9:00am - 10:00am - Breakout Session/Tracks
  • -Responding to Pressure Situations: Phyllis Robertson, Dale Carnegie
  • -Maximizing Social Media to Sell Your City: Megan Gilliland, League of Kansas Municipalities
  • -Leading Your Staff: Julia Fabris McBride, Kansas Leadership Center
  • -Co-op Marketing: KDWPT & Bajillion
  • 10:00am - 11:00am - Breakout Session/Tracks
  • -Present to Persuade: Phyllis Robertson, Dale Carnegie
  • -Maximizing Social Media to Sell Your City: Megan Gilliland, League of Kansas Municipalities
  • -Working with Boards: Julia Fabris McBride, Kansas Leadership Center
  • -Co-op Marketing: KDWPT & Bajillion
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm - General Session - Jeff Fromm: Generational Marketing; The Millennial Mindset
  • 12:00pm - 1:45pm - TIAK Annual Meeting/Lunch
  • 1:45pm - 2:00pm - Transfer Break
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Breakout Session/Tracks
  • -Responding to Pressure Situations: Phyllis Robertson, Dale Carnegie
  • -Great Audio/Video/Visuals on a Small Budget: Grant Neuhold, Kiowa County Media Center
  • -U.S. and Kansas Hotel Trends: Stephanie Siegel, Smith Travel Research
  • -Canva Basics: Logan Hildebrand, KDWPT
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Breakout Session/Tracks
  • -Present to Persuade: Phyllis Robertson, Dale Carnegie
  • -Great Audio/Video/Visuals on a Small Budget: Grant Neuhold, Kiowa County Media Center
  • -U.S. and Kansas Hotel Trends: Stephanie Siegel, Smith Travel Research
  • -Canva Basics: Logan Hildebrand, KDWPT
  • 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 2019 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 2019 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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2019 Kansas Tourism Conference Scholarship Application

Hotel Information

HOST CONFERENCE CENTER:
Kansas Star Casino
777 Kansas Star Drive
Mulvane, Kansas 67110

HOST HOTEL:
Hampton Inn & Suite I-35/Mulvane
785 Kansas Star Drive
Mulvane, Kansas 67110
(316) 524-3777
Room rate: $94/night

Booking Link:
http://group.hamptoninn.com/KansasTourismConference
Group Name: KANSAS TOURISM CONFERENCE
Arrival Date: 19-Oct-2019
Departure Date: 24-Oct-2019

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 4th to Finney County CVB, c/o Roxanne Morgan at 1513 E. Fulton Terrace, Garden City, KS 67846.

Auction Donation

KTC auction donation form
  • DONATION INFORMATION

    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.

Additional Events

Tee-off KTC with SportsKS in a 4-person, 9-hole scramble! SportsKS is hosting their 3rd Annual Golf Tournament this year prior to the start of the conference on Monday, October 21st at 9 a.m. at Hidden Lakes Golf Course in Derby (6020 S. Greenwich Rd).

  • Cost to register for the entire event is $80 per person (includes green fees, lunch and cart)
  • Clubs may be rented for the event at an additional $25 per person
  • Non-golfers can register for a short “Lunch and Learn” at the Clubhouse for $12 per person (includes presenter speaking on sports topic relevant to our industry)
  • Participants can play additional 9 holes at no charge following the scramble lunch but is not part of the scramble event
  • Individuals are able to request teammates following registration (SportsKS will make final team pairings with requests accommodated as much as possible)

For more information or to request teammates, contact Tiffany Benien at tbenien@salinakansas.org. Golf tournament registration is optional during conference registration.