Tourism Industry Huddles

Sponsored by TIAK and Kansas Tourism 

October Virtual Huddle

The Zoom link to our virtual huddles will be provided via our TravelTalk Newsletter. To sign up for Travel Talk please email Kelli Orender

Recorded Virtual Meetings

  • October 13, 2021 - This Huddle is all about #KTC21. Learn more about the conference speakers, session topics, special events, and safety protocols. Plus discover how you can be entered in a drawing for To The Stars gear just by exploring Kansas on your way to Liberal. This Huddle will assure you are prepared for a fantastic conference.
  • September 8, 2021 - This Huddles format is your opportunity to share with us what is important to you. TIAK and Kansas Tourism will be leading a discussion with you on what is happening in your community. We will be discussing topics like pandemic recovery, your challenges, tourism trends….basically all the things that matter to you.
  • August 19, 2021 - Nathan McClanahan will be providing an update and answering questions for all who have a booth at the Explore Kansas Festival. You will also have the opportunity to meet the new State Fair GM Bryan Schultz.  Both Nathan and Bryan will be available to answer your questions to assure this is a successful weekend of promoting travel in Kansas. 
  • August 11, 2021 - Dan Lara, Economic Development Representative for Kansas with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) will be our presenter. Dan will be presenting very timely information for the Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Grants from the EDA American Rescue Plan.
    • Follow Up Question - Can signage be considered as an infrastructure improvement? "The short answer is yes, signage would be considered an infrastructure improvement and therefore eligible for funding. However, in a practical sense, a project will be more considered more competitive if signage is a part of an overall larger project rather than just the project itself."
  • June 9, 2021 - We are excited that the 2021 Kansas State Fair will be taking place! Join us to hear an update on activities and events from Ed Berger, Interim General Manager. Other topics will include an update on the 2021 Kansas Tourism Conference in Liberal.
  • May 13, 2021 - Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland will be joining us so you can learn more about the Department of Commerce and Kansas Tourism's upcoming move. Be sure to have questions ready! Other topics will be an update on Kansas Tourism marketing plans and a legislative update from TIAK.
  • April 14, 2021 - Topics include: National Travel and Tourism Week, Kansas Tourism's move to the Department of Commerce and a legislative update from TIAK.
  • March 10, 2021 - Andria Godfrey, Vice President of Longwoods International, as she shares results from their recent U.S. resident sentiment study. Now more than ever the resident is a destination’s first customer and most valued partner. Do we really know if our resident see their home destination the same way we do? And how does the sentiment of our residents affect our marketing efforts?
  • February 10, 2021 - The Travel Industry Association of Kansas (TIAK) will continue on with Part 2 of their Destination Statehouse event where you will be able to learn more about the Kansas Legislative session and important issues to the tourism industry.
  • January 13, 2021 - The Travel Industry Association of Kansas (TIAK) will launch Part 1 on their Destination Statehouse event where you will be able to learn more about the Kansas Legislative session and important issues to the tourism industry. The Kansas Tourism Division will also be sharing more details on how you can be involved in the Kansas Day “to the stars” campaign.
  • December 16, 2020 - Kansas Legislative Research Department on the current state budget, followed by a discussion led by TIAK and Kansas Tourism regarding the latest Executive Order to move the Kansas Tourism Division to the Kansas Department of Commerce.
  • November 18, 2020 - Topic: An election recap from TIAK and a hunting report from KDWPT.
  • September 23, 2020 - Secretary Brad Loveless will provide an update and touch on a little bit of everything - from hunting to state parks to tourism. After the Secretary's presentation, be sure and stick around for a BIG and EXCITING announcement regarding this year's Kansas Tourism Conference!
  • September 9, 2020 - Topic: Connecting Despite Corona -- Managing Issues & Finding Creative Approaches --By Janice Person, Public Speaker, Consultant and Podcaster
  • August 26, 2020 - Topic: Representatives from Humanities Kansas and the Kansas Museums Association will be giving us an overview of their organizations and resources available such as grants, educational opportunities, and virtual conferences.
  • August 12, 2020 - Topic: David Toland, Secretary of Kansas Dept of Commerce on the “Kansas Recovery and Return to Growth.” Secretary Toland will discuss the state’s approach to economic recovery, especially as it relates to travel and tourism across Kansas. He will outline the steps taken at the state level and describe the future outlook for Kansas growth.
  • July 29, 2020 -  Topics include: Best Practices for Working With Meeting Planners, Hosting Virtual Conferences & Staying Engaged with Clients, 3 For 3 Segment - Creative Ways to Operate & Market a Museum During a Pandemic
  • July 15, 2020 - Topics include: Exploring the Authenticity of the Tourist Experience in Diversity and Inclusion and 3 For 3 Segment on Sports Presented by Sports KS Members
  • July 1, 2020 - Topics include: Best practices when working with influencers (with Sara Broers of the Midwest Travel Network and Travel with Sara), regional updates and updates from TIAK and Kansas Tourism. 
  • June 17, 2020 - A presentation from Kansas Tourism on our new marketing campaign, the unveiling of the new Kansas Tourism Conference logo, registration and grant information, and the next installment of our 3 For 3 series.
  • June 3, 2020 - Featuring STR Research and "3 in 3" - three communities sharing innovative marketing ideas for COVID-19 recovery in 3 minutes or less