Kansas Tourism Takes Gold at Travel Awards Ceremony

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Kansas Tourism won gold at a recent awards conference for its video “Mountain Bike Trails in Kansas? Yeah…we got them!”

Kansas Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said Wednesday, March 23, Kansas Tourism – a division of Commerce Department – won gold at the 30th North American Travel Journalists Association Awards.

Toland said “Mountain Bike Trails in Kansas? Yeah…we got them!” video was named Destination Video of the Year.

the NATJA The awards competition recognizes the best in the travel industry for journalism, photography and destination marketing.

Additionally, Toland said TravelKS.com, Kansas Tourism’s website, received a Bronze Adrian Award from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International. He said the Adrain Awards spotlight excellence in hotel advertising, digital marketing and public relations.

“These two awards are shining examples of Kansas Tourism’s work to showcase the incredible places to visit in Kansas,” said Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland. “Tourism is the welcoming committee for capital investment in the state. Kansas Tourism’s efforts showcase the state’s lifestyle and amenities, positioning Kansas as a great place to visit, live, work and do business.

Toland said the video features Kansas pro cyclist Justice Berry as he rides the trails of Wilson State Park for the very first time – alongside world champion mountain biker Cameron Chambers, who was part of the original team that built the trail.

The Lieutenant Governor said the Kansas Tourist Story Series discover the faces and places that make the Sunflower State an incredible place to live and explore. He said other stories include The Cosmosphere, The Distilleries and A Cowboy State.

“Kansas Tourism’s mission is to inspire travel to and throughout Kansas and these two projects have been the cornerstones of our evolving marketing strategies to showcase the Kansas we know and love to the world,” said Bridgette Jobe. , Kansas Tourism Director. “Kansas has some beautiful and unexpected places and these recognitions are proof that the outside world is starting to pay attention.”

Toland said a redesign of the tourism website was completed in 2021 and uses beautiful images, engaging stories and creative trip planning to improve user experience. The website has also been recognized by HSMAI for best practices and innovations that will support recovery.

For more information or to view the new website, click HERE.

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