Kansas City: America’s vacation destination?

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The folks who live and work in Kansas City think its a pretty neat place.  And now it seems the rest of American is starting to agree.

It seems the KC metro is starting to find its way on people's must-see vacation spots.

Jon Stephens, the interim president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association appeared on Monday's FOX 4 Morning Show to talk about how people around the country are making Kansas City their vacation destination.

The proof is in the numbers.

  • 22.3 million people visited Kansas City last year, an increase of 2.4 percent from 2011 -- a new record number of visitors who visited the area.


Tourism translates into big money for the Kansas City area economy.

  • Visitor spending grew to $2.8 billion in 2012
  • Tourism directly produced $4.6 billion in economic impact for the metro region, including indirect and induced impact
  • Tourism-generated employment reached a new high at 45,107 jobs.


For more information on local tourism, visit the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association's website.

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