2020 Destination Statehouse

It’s that time again and this is the favorite season for those of us like Kevin Fern and me, TIAK Advocacy Chair Jim Zaleski. No, I am not talking about the holiday season I am talking about the political season. The legislature goes back to Topeka the 2nd week of January and TIAK won’t be far behind them with our Destination Statehouse event being held February 5, 2020.

The change in our state’s leadership brings new challenges and new opportunities for our industry. But there is also a change in our Destination Statehouse event. Be sure to join us for the morning and lunch portion of our day, both inside the Statehouse again this year, and then come on over to our new venue for the evening affair at the beautiful Cyrus hotel.

Check in for the morning session begins at 9:30 AM and be prepared for a Made in Kansas lunch. Then be sure to spend some time at the Statehouse visiting with your legislators and discussing the issues of our industry face-to-face. Of course, popcorn distribution will also take place that afternoon, giving everyone a chance to visit legislative offices and introduce yourself to elected officials and staff, alike.

Then it’s time for one of the most anticipated events of the year by our elected officials. The day wouldn’t be complete without exhibiting with your regional partners. Set-up will begin at the Cyrus at 3 PM. The evening event will begin at 5 PM and our new location will make this year’s celebration even more memorable.

Our theme this year will be built around the idea of tourism being an important part of the economic future of our state. Tourism is Economic Development, so be sure to have those numbers ready for your legislators, such as total visitors to your destination or the amount of economic impact felt locally by one of your events. Games or trivia based on those numbers could also be a fun idea to educate our state officials on how important tourism is to the economic future of Kansas.

Speaking of economics, the costs for this event increased this year so sponsorships are extremely important for both the day and evening events. Please think about how you can assist TIAK in maintaining the great reputation we have during our time in Topeka. To register, or learn more about Destination Statehouse, visit the TIAK website at https://tiak.org/events/destination-statehouse/. Sign up today for the 2020 Destination Statehouse on February 5th in Topeka.

Questions from regions or regarding the evening event can be directed to Jim Zaleski at jzaleski@parsonsks.com or 620.421.7030. See you there…

Destination Statehouse

Join colleagues from across Kansas in representing the travel industry at the 2018 Destination Statehouse event being held February 7, 2018, in Topeka. In today’s political world there is a simple but profound reality. If you are not at the table…most likely you are lunch. Join the TIAK team in creating a positive and cooperative relationship with your state elected officials.

At this year’s event, attendees will begin the day at the Dillon House hearing from a speaker from Destinations International on the “Weaponization of Tourism” before a legislative buffalo burger lunch co-hosted with our partners from the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism. Afterwards, spend the day at the Statehouse visiting with your legislators and discussing face to face the issues of our industry.

The day wouldn’t be complete without exhibiting with your regional partners or your special coalition at the much anticipated evening event held in the Regency Ballroom at the Topeka Ramada Inn. This year the theme is Celebrating the Economic Impact of Sports Tourism. We encourage all regions to invite their local mascots from any sports teams or colleges and to create a sports-themed game, giveaway or other unique storytelling the impact of sporting tourism.

This is one of the most attended legislative events of the year so come out and support your Travel Industry Team at the 2018 TIAK Destination Statehouse.

Sponsorships for the evening event are currently available and registration for the entire day can be found on the TIAK Website, so be sure to visit https://tiak.org/events/destination-statehouse/ and sign up today for the 2018 TIAK Destination Statehouse, February 7th, Topeka.

Questions from regions or on the evening event theme can be directed to the Advocacy Committee Chairman, Jim Zaleski, jzaleski@parsonsks.com or 620.820.3556.

See you there…