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TOURISM AS AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOL


Posted date: Jul 5, 2021

by: Admin My Local Life
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Effective July 1, 2021, Kansas Tourism has been realigned to the Kansas Department of Commerce to consolidate Kansas' tourism efforts primarily as an economic development tool. Kansas Tourism and the Department of Commerce have a shared goal of bringing revenue into the state.

The huge Economic Impact of Tourism is sometimes difficult to understand. However, in 2018, Kansas Travel and Tourism reported that state-wide the Economic Impact was $11 Billion. This includes over 96,590 Jobs (5% of all employment in the state which has grown for seven straight years, outpacing state employment growth), $638 million in state and local government revenues with Kansas hosting 35.6 million visitors. Currently, TOURISM is one of the largest Industries in the State of Kansas.

To increase awareness of tourism opportunities among visitors to our state, the Tourism Division will be housed within Business Development at the Kansas Department of Commerce. The Department already features several tools aimed at increasing tourism, including the Kansas Athletic Commission and the STAR Bond program.
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