Travel Writers Descend on Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association is hoping that bringing in six regional and national writers now will mean a lot of mentions in newspapers across the country leading up to the All-Star game.
Writers from across the country flew in Monday on Kansas City’s dime. The goal is to showcase everything the City of Fountains has to offer and entice people to make a showing at the All-Star events.
“Because of the All-Star Game being here, we wanted to show everyone that we are a major league destination, that we have fanatic local and fans and we want to showcase that to the world,” said Derek Klaus, the Communications Manager with the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association.
The red carpet was rolled out for the writers, who learned everything from baseball and its history in Kansas City, to touring Boulevard Brewery and several museums around town, and also tasting some of the city’s famous Barbeque.
“Its a world class city. Really. I mean up against anywhere in the world. Even Chicago, my hometown,” said Mary Lu Laffey, a travel writer for five different papers in the Midwest.
Duley noted by the writers, the $9 billion convention officials say the metro has spent on updates and renovations in just the past four years.
“These are good people who are rightfully proud of their city. And I think it shows and Kansas City has a lot to be proud of and I think that’s coming through,” said a writer for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Joe Holleman.
“It seems like whatever they are doing here in Kansas City, people have a passion about it and they are proud of what their doing,” he added.
An estimated 150,000 fans are expected to attend at least one All-Star event and with it brings an estimated $60 million to the local economy. Convention officials say putting the city’s best foot forward will have long term effects.
“You can’t buy this kind of publicity and that’s why we’re really excited to show off our city right now. This is definitely Kansas City’s day,” said Klaus.
Also in town, separate from the tour, reporters from the New York Times and USA Today. So you can imagine the impact these writers may have on a national scale.
The day of the All-Star game an estimated 33 million eyes from more than 215 countries will be watching the game played right here in Kansas City.