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 Garden City in 2017 and interact with hotels, attractions, CVBs, and dining and retail establishments from across Kansas.


Proposals are currently being sought for both the 2019 & 2020 Kansas Tourism Conferences. Organizations may bid for either 2019 or 2020, or both. If your organization would like to submit a proposal, click here for more information and event bid specifications.

Conference Dates

October 23, 2017 - October 25, 2017

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Monday, October 23
  • 10:00am - Meet Kansas meeting
  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm - Registration/Information Desk Open
  • 12:00pm - Exhibitor Setup
  • 12:00pm - Silent Auction Setup
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm - TIAK Board Meeting
  • 2:00pm - Opening Conference Session - Tommy Spaulding: The Heart-Led Leader
  • 3:30pm - First-Timers Orientation
  • 4:00pm - Exhibitor Welcome Refreshment Break
  • 5:30pm - Team Building Scavenger Hunt, Wild West Country Event
Tuesday, October 24
  • 8:00am - 3:00pm - Registration & Information Desk Open
  • 8:00am - Breakfast (Clarion Inn Restaurant)
  • 9:00am - Conference Welcome
  • 9:15am - 10:15am - General Session, Diversity Panel
  • 10:15am - 10:45am - Refreshment Break & Visit Exhibit Area
  • 10:45am - 12:00pm - General Session by KDWPT - State of Tourism in Kansas
  • 12:00pm - 1:45pm - Buffet Luncheon & Visit Exhibit Area, Exhibitor/Sponsor Presentations
  • 1:45pm - 3:00pm - General Session by KDWPT - State of Tourism in Kansas
  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm - Refreshment Break & Visit Exhibit Area
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm - Facilitated Round Table Discussions
  • 1. Leadership Headaches
  • 2. Future of Social Media
  • 3. Small Marketing Budget, Big ROI
  • 4. Sales Prospecting Best Practices
  • 5. Fill Your SPORTS Facilities
  • 6. All About Special Events
  • 5:00pm - Exhibitor Tear Down
  • 6:00 - 8:30pm - Garden City Community Signature Event
Wednesday, October 25
  • 7:30am - 2:00pm - Registration and Information Desk Open
  • 7:30am - 8:30am - Coalition Meetings
  • 7:30am - 8:30am - Breakfast (Clarion Inn Restaurant)
  • 8:30am - 9:30am - General Session - Darienne Mobley: Leading from the Inside Out
  • 9:30am - 9:45am - Transfer Break
  • 9:45am - 10:45am - Diversity Through Learning Breakout Session/Tracks
  • 1. Leadership Track and Sales Track: Creating a Culture of Service, Darienne Mobley
  • 2. Technology Track: Importance of CRM Systems, Adaleta Avdic, Simpleview
  • 3. Tourism Issues Track: Legislative Issues and Working with Elected Officials, Natalie Bright & Marlee Carpenter
  • 10:45am - 11:00am - Refreshment Break
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm - General Session - Chris Klauda, Smith Travel Research: U.S. Hotel Performance Trends
  • 12:00pm- 1:45pm - TIAK Annual Meeting/Lunch
  • 1:45pm - 2:45pm - Diversity Through Learning Breakout Session/Tracks
  • 1. Leadership Track: Leading Strong Teams, Donna Forgy, Dale Carnegie
  • 2. Technology Track: Simpleview Data Aggregator, Adaleta Avdic, Simpleview
  • 3. Sales and Marketing Track: Search - What You Need to Know, Chris Callahan, jhP Search Engine Marketing Rockstar
  • 4. Tourism Issues Track: Legislative Issues and Working with Elected Officials, Natalie Bright & Marlee Carpenter
  • 2:45pm - 3:00pm - Transfer Break
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Diversity Through Learning Breakout Session/Tracks
  • 1. Leadership Track: Educational and Learning Opportunities, DMAI
  • 2. Technology Track: Common Reasons Why Travelers are Ignoring Most DMO Websites and Which DMOs are Getting Their Attention, Amrita Chandra, Crowdriff
  • 3. Sales and Marketing Track: Attitudes for Service, Donna Forgy, Dale Carnegie
  • 4. Tourism Issues Track: TGT Issues
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm - Coalition Meetings & Free Time
  • Sports KS (Bar)
  • 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 2017 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 more information and to submit your marketing genius.

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Support a Student

The 2017 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 conference each year? Between meals, lodging and conference registration, that’s a lot for a college kid to shell out, so let’s all help and 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 our 1st annual 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.

Local Products Pull Fundraiser

Hotel Information

Clarion Inn

1911 E. Kansas Ave.
Garden City, Kansas 67846
United States

Conference Rate – $89/night (Special Rate Code: TIAK/Travel Industry Assoc of KS)

Sleep Inn & Suites

1931 E. Kansas Plaza
Garden City, Kansas 67846
Conference Rate – $89/night

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. Auction items are due October 6th and may be mailed 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, 2017 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.