Tourism groups respond to “least fun” Kansas ranking


MURDER TODAY. IN MARCH DEPUTIES FOUND A MAN DEAD NEAR PERRY LAKE. THEY SAY THAT MAN WAS DATING HEMMERLING’S MOM. THEY ARRESTED ASHLYN AND HER BOYFRIEND FOR THE MURDER. HE WAS FOUND GUILTY IN APRIL. HEMMERLING WILL BE SENTENCED NEXT MONTH.###A NEW STUDY RANKS KANSAS AS ONE OF THE MOST BORING STATES IN THE COUNTRY. KSNT CAPITOL BUREAU REPORTER ALEC GARTNER TALKS TO SOME GROUPS WHO DISAGREE. This is what one group says the tenth least fun state in the nation looks like, now tourism groups are trying to prove that study wrong. WALLETHUB BASED THEIR STUDY ON CATEGORIES LIKE THE NUMBER OF ATTRACTIONS, VARIETY OF ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT, AND NIGHTLIFE. KELLI HILLIARD WITH THE KANSAS TOURISM DIVISION SAYS THE STATE IS OFFERING SOMETHING THEY DIDN’T CONSIDER. They’re missing one a big piece of what we promote which is our outdoor aspect of what there is to do in Kansas. HILLIARD SAYS THE DIFFERENT LANDSCAPES MAKE THE OUTDOORS A BIG PART OF TOURISM. We’ve got great hiking trails across the state, water activities, sailing, kayaking. THE GOAL IS TO ATTRACT PEOPLE TO SPEND MONEY IN THE STATE We’re in charge of promoting everywhere from Kansas city to dodge city, to Greensburg, Abilene, to council grove, all the little cities in between and everything. MANY OF THOSE CITIES HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE PERCEPTION THAT THERE’S NOTHING TO DO IN KANSAS. THE MANHATTAN VISITOR’S BUREAU SAYS THE KEY IS GETTING PEOPLE HERE ONCE. People go oh man, I had no idea there were so many things to OVERLAND PARK CRACKED THE TOP 90 IN MOST FUN CITIES.###

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