Ken Vandruff
Director of Communications

April 28, 2010
For immediate release

National Travel & Tourism Week Luncheon and Panel Discussion

Area travel and tourism leaders plus local and state officials will discuss their views on travel trends and the 2010 economy during a luncheon hosted by Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau. The event is part of National Travel and Tourism Week, May 8-16, 2010, organized by the U.S. Travel Association, a week that calls attention to the impact of travel on local workers, businesses and economies.

The luncheon is the first in a series of events this year that will celebrate Go Wichita's 30th anniversary. Go Wichita was established in 1980 to market the greater Wichita area as a major convention and tourism destination and enhance economic development.

What: National Travel & Tourism Luncheon and Panel Discussion

When: Thursday, May 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Warren Old Town Theatre Grille, 353 N. Mead

Moderator - Tom Shine, deputy editor, Wichita Eagle
Panelists -

  • Becky Blake, director, Kansas Division of Travel & Tourism
  • John D'Angelo, director, City of Wichita Arts & Cultural Services
  • Ron Holt, assistant county manager, Sedgwick County
  • Kim Madison, general manager, Best Western Airport Inn
  • John Rolfe, president and CEO, Go Wichita CVB
  • Don Sayler, president and CEO, Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association

"We're giving area business owners vital information on how to bring more visitors to their doors," said John Rolfe, Go Wichita president and CEO. "More than 3 million travelers visit Wichita and Sedgwick County each year. This is an important piece of economic development to our communities."

Make reservations by contacting Marylin Brooks at or 316.265.2800.


About Visit Wichita

Visit Wichita markets the greater Wichita area as a major convention and tourism destination, thereby enhancing the economic development of the city, county, region and state. Visit Wichita is led by President and CEO Susie Santo, and in 2013 travel and tourism contributed more than $1 billion in economic impact to the Wichita MSA.