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 18, 2021 - October 20, 2021

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Monday, October 18 (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
  • 2:30pm - Conference Welcome
  • 2:45pm - Opening Conference Session - Judge Tommy Webb: You Can Make a Difference
  • 3:45pm - Your Kansas Tourism Partners: TIAK, Kansas Tourism and other partners
  • 4:30pm - Exhibitor Welcome Reception & Networking
  • 5:30pm - Board Busses for Evening Event
  • 6:00pm - Evening Community Event at the Air Museum
Tuesday, October 19 (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 - Travel Updates
  • US Travel - Virtual Update: New State of Travel (Virtual Session)
  • SeeSource: Kansas Data Update
  • 10:15am - 10:30am - Refreshment Break & Visit Exhibit Area
  • Materials Exchange Tables Open
  • 10:30am - 11:30am - General Session - Kansas First Impressions Program
  • K-State Research and Extension Panel Discussion
  • Ron Wilson, Facilitator
  • 11:45am - 1:15pm - Buffet Luncheon & Visit Exhibit Area, Exhibitor/Sponsor Presentations, Speed Dating with Kansas Tourism
  • 1:15pm - 3:00pm - General Session: Kansas Tourism Update
  • 3:00pm - 3:15pm - Refreshment Break & Visit Exhibit Area
  • 3:15pm - 4:45pm - The "Not So Dry" Presentation: State Programs and Partnerships
  • 5:00pm - Optional Exhibitor Tear Down
  • 5:30pm - SportsKS Cornhole Mixer
  • 6:00pm - Dinner on Your Own - Taco Truck Trail
Wednesday, October 20 (Tentative Schedule)
  • 8:00am - 2:00pm - Registration and Information Desk Open
  • 8:00am - 9:00am - Breakfast (Coalition Meeting Time #2)
  • 9:00am - 9:55am - General Session - Adrienne Bulinski: Perseverance with Grit
  • 10:00am - 11:00am - General Session - The State of the American Traveler (Virtual Zoom Session)
  • 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 - General Session - Legislative Panel
  • 2:00pm - 2:15pm - Transfer Break
  • 2:15pm - 3:00pm - Breakout Session #1
  • 3:00pm - 3:15pm - Transfer Break
  • 3:15pm - 4:00pm - Breakout Session #2
  • 4:30pm - Set Table Decorations (Coalition Meeting Time #3)
  • 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 2021 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.

The marketing awards are now closed. Thank you and best of luck to all who entered! Winners will be announced at the conference.

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.


2021 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/night plus tax
Last day to book: Friday, October 8, 2021

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

Booking Link:
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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  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.