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Kansas City area gears up for National Tourism Week, May 4-12

April 19, 2013

"Tourism Effect," 2013theme of the U.S. Travel Association, packs a powerful punch of mighty economic impact on our nation. It generates $1.9 trillion, ranks among the top 10 private employers, supports 14.4 million American jobs and generates $124 billion in tax revenue annually. That's the message that the Kansas City Regional Destination Alliance, (KCRDA) a partnership of thirteen communities on both sides of the state line, wants to share with residents of the greater metro area.

Locally, the most recent figures for Kansas City (2010) show that the total economic impact of travel and tourism in the five county metro area (Jackson, Clay, Platte, Johnson and Wyandotte) was $4.329 billion. Tourism supported 43,503 jobs and supplied $641.8 million in federal, state and local tax revenue.

Beginning April 22 and running through May 12, which is the last day of National Tourism week, KCRDA cities are joining with many other communities across America to focus on the benefits of travel and tourism to our economy.

The events and celebrations planned for this year are:


Monday, April 22

The Mayor of Bonner Springs will read a National Tourism week proclamation and recognize the Convention and Tourism Committee during the City Council meeting.


Monday, April 29

Hospitality Day at the K. Hotel and restaurant employees and their families gather to promote their industry and welcome baseball fans at a tailgate party at Royals stadium beginning at 3:30 p.m. Game time (Royals vs. Cleveland Indians) is 7:05 p.m. Deadline to purchase tickets is April 24. Contact Angela Brunner for details.  


Wednesday, May 1

Kansas City, KS Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting a tourism celebration at noon in the Hilton Garden Inn and Jack Reardon Convention Center. Following the lunch, a program includes presentation of annual tourism awards recognizing organizations and individuals who help make tourism successful in the city. Call 913-321-5800 for reservations.


Thursday, May 2

To kick-off National Tourism Week in Merriam, the Visitors Bureau is sponsoring a "Re-Pin it to Win It" contest featuring 20 summer things to do inMerriam. Learn more at


Thursday, May 2

The Kansas City Convention and Visitor Association will hold their annual Meeting & Lunch in conjunction with the Kansas City Meetings Industry Council's Education Conference, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Approximately 100 meeting planners will join the more than 500 members of the hospitality community. The luncheon will celebrate the importance of meetings and meeting planners. Awards presentation to include KCCVA's Annual KC Hospitality Awards and the inaugural class of the KC Meetings Hall of Fame. Awardees include: Advanstar, American Academy of Family Physicians, Cerner Corporation, H&R Block, The International House of Prayer, Silpada Designs, NAIA and MIAA. Register here.


 Saturday, May 4

Happy Birthday Harry! The tourism attractions of Independence celebrate tourism while honoring the birth of former President Harry S. Truman. With a nod to Truman's famous "Buck Stops Here" sign, tourism sites and trolley rides will be just a dollar each. Live music, "Walk with Harry" and family activities on the Square (Liberty and Maple) are planned from 1 to 4 p.m.

Tourism Night at The K, Saturday, May 4, 3:30 - 9:30 p.m., at Kauffman Stadium. Come discover all there is to see and do in the Kansas City metro. First pitch for the Royals vs. Chicago White Sox game is at 6:10 p.m.


Wednesday, May 8

The Merriam Visitors Bureau will host a Walk with "L&C" byway walk event at 7:00 a.m. from Chatlain Park to the Hampton Inn & Suites along Merriam's beautiful Turkey Creek Streamway Trail. Pre-registration is required and the $25 fee includes the walk, ticket to the gift basket drawing, breakfast at the Hampton   Inn and shuttle van back to your car at Chatlain Park. Call Karen at 913-403-8999 for more details.

Shawnee Convention and Visitor's Bureau will celebrate National Tourism Week at the May luncheon of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce in Shawnee Town, 11600 Johnson Drive, beginning with networking at 11:30. Guest speaker is Charles Pautler, Director of Shawnee Town 1929. The 5th annual "Good Starts Here" award for outstanding service to Shawnee tourism will be presented. RSVP to 913-631-6545.


Thursday, May 9

The Overland Park National Tourism Week Luncheon will celebrate regional partnerships and the impact of travel and tourism in the Overland Park community. The Overland Park CVB will honor the 2013 Tourism Award recipients and the audience will be joined by local elected officials, celebrity ambassador Ms. Cindy Williams and keynote speaker David Westbrook of Children's Mercy Hospital. The luncheon will take place at the nationally acclaimed New Theater Restaurant from 11:45 to 1:30 p.m.