Grants Awarded to Help Boost Tourism

Project funded by Lottery dollars.

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The Tourism Division of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is a recipient of funding from the Economic Development Initiatives Fund (EDIF), which is derived from Kansas Lottery proceeds.


Date:Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Contact:Sally Lunsford, 785-296-5708 or sally.lunsford@kslottery.net

TOPEKA, KAN. - The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) recently awarded Attraction Development Grants to six Kansas organizations. The funds, totaling more than $83,000, will provide assistance to help these organizations with their tourism attraction efforts. Funding for the KDWPT's Attraction Development Grant Program comes from the Economic Development Initiatives Fund, which is derived from Kansas Lottery proceeds.

Here are the Attraction Development Grant recipients, a brief description of the purpose of the grants and the matching funds for each project:

Rolling Hills Zoo Salina  - receiving $20,000 to help market "REPTILES: The Beautiful and the Deadly" traveling exhibit. The Zoo will leverage $126,700 cash and in-kind contributions toward the project cost.

Sand Creek Station Golf Course, Newton - receiving $20,000 to assist with construction of a PGA Standard Scoreboard in advance of the 2014 USGA Amateur Public Links National Championship. The golf course will leverage $171,900 cash and in-kind contributions toward the cost of the project.

Kansas Celebrity Hall of Fame, Independence - receiving $15,000 to assist with construction of ADA-compliant restroom facilities and a welcome center. The Hall of Fame will leverage $26,100 cash and in-kind contributions toward the project cost.

Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lawrence - receiving $15,000 to help create a logo and documentary marketing Lawrence as the "Cradle of Basketball." The convention and visitors bureau will leverage $314,590 cash and in-kind contributions toward the cost of the project.

Oakley Area Tourism, Oakley - receiving $4,320 toward construction of an electronic kiosk at the Oakley Travel Information Center. Oakley Area Tourism will leverage $6,481 in cash contributions toward the project cost.

Hutchinson Convention and Visitors Bureau, Hutchinson - receiving $9,200 to assist with costs associated with installation of a driving range net at Prairie Dunes Country Club in advance of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship. The convention and visitors bureau will leverage $13,800 in cash contributions toward the project.

The Attraction Development Grant Program assists in developing and marketing authentic experiences that encourage travelers to visit Kansas. Grants may be used for various activities to expand the tourism product base or develop new attractions. 

For more information on Attraction Development Grants, contact Peter Szabo, Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, at 785-296-8951 or pete.szabo@travelks.com

 

 

 




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