Ken Vandruff
Director of Communications & Marketing
Greater Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau
phone 316.660.6305


May 8, 2008

For immediate release


(Wichita, Kan.) - Just because gasoline prices continue to climb is no reason why families must cancel summer vacation plans. The Greater Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau is urging Wichitans to become a tourist in their own backyard and plan a "stay-cation."

A family of four can save at least $200 on a three-day "stay-cation" by staying in south-central Kansas. The "stay-cation" idea is simple - book a hotel reservation, create a sight-seeing plan of Wichita-area attractions and try out local restaurants as a tourist. Savings are based on a national average gasoline price of $3.556 a gallon as reported by AAA on April 24, 2008 using a conservative estimated average of 20 miles per gallon.

"People always think they have ‘to go somewhere' to have a great vacation," said John Rolfe, GWCVB president and CEO. "The idea behind a ‘stay-cation' is to get people to book a hotel room so that they get out of the house - and in the right frame of mind to see Wichita through the eyes of a tourist instead of a resident. It also eliminates the dreaded, ‘Are we there, yet?' "

The GWCVB is offering its free 2008 Official Visitors Guide in print and online to help family vacation planners and is encouraging Wichita hotels to put together special "stay-cation" room packages.

For more information about what Wichita has to offer as a vacation or "stay-cation" destination, go online at or call 316.265.2800.

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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.