Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

50 Reasons: Travel in Kansas Helps Drive the Economy

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

50 Reasons: Travel in Kansas Helps Drive the Economy

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Travel is big business in Kansas, contributing billions of dollars each year to the state's economy.

And there is little reason to think that amount will do anything but climb in the future, especially with Kansans' growing interest in day trips.

"The economic impact of tourism is $10.4 billion, which has increased the past few years," said Kelli Hilliard, travel development manager for the tourism division of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. "Day trips have increased as well. In part, this is due to low gas prices, but I think Kansans are finally discovering that there are a lot of cool places to visit in our state."

In addition to determining the economic impact, Tourism Economics, a Philadelphia-based Oxford Economic Company that provides analyses of the tourism sector, also found the tourism industry in Kansas sustains more than 94,000 jobs. …

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