KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It’s National Tourism Week, and the boost in tourism is helping the local economy in many ways.
According to Visit KC, visitors spend more than $2.5 billion in Kansas City each year.
Last fall, the Huffington Post ranked Kansas City number one as “the” coolest city in America.
Travel and Leisure ranked Kansas City third for America’s Favorite Cities.
Visit KC officials say the success of local sports teams has really helped draw people to town. Once visitors are in Kansas City and realize how much there is for families to do – from amusement parks to world class museums to sporting events to great food - they tell others and word spreads.
“When people come into town and have a great experience and push that out there whether they do it on Facebook, Instagram or twitter, I think those are all the types of things we need to do," President and CEO of Visit KC Ronnie Burt said.
Visit KC officials say it helps that city officials have invested billions of dollars over the past decade to rejuvenate the downtown area.
“When you look at the billions of dollars that have been invested into developing us economically with the businesses moving here, they’re drawing new businesses and new talent here and that’s the kind of activity we’ll need to continue to sustain and Kansas City’s name will stay out there,” President and CEO of Visit KC Ronnie Burt said.
In an effort to celebrate National Tourism Week Visit KC is giving away free tickets to local attractions.
All you have to do is stop by their new office building at 13th and Baltimore in downtown Kansas City and sign up for the chance to win tickets to Worlds of Fun, the World War I Museum, the Zoo and a Royals game.