As a part of National Travel and Tourism Week (May 6-12), Visit Wichita hosted a Summer Celebration Breakfast at Exploration Place to preview summer happenings in Wichita and recognize partners who have demonstrated exceptional hospitality.

Attendees got a preview from area attractions and event organizers of what Wichita has to offer this summer like taking a trip back to prehistoric times with Field Station: Dinosaurs, celebrating a Wichita tradition at the 47th annual Wichita Riverfest, enjoying the five Broadway-scale musical productions by Music Theatre Wichita and seeing some of the best golfers in the world at the 2018 Wichita Open.

The Wichita Area Hotel/Lodging Committee also announced its Stars of the Industry award recipients. “We are happy to recognize the dedicated professionals who are often the first point of contact for our visitors,” said Michael Brungardt, chair of the Wichita Area Hotel/Lodging Committee and general manager of Staybridge Suites Wichita. “Their enthusiasm and warm Wichita welcome are essential to ensuring our guests have a wonderful experience, making Wichita a ‘must-visit’ destination in the future.”

The 2018 Stars of the Industry award winners were nominated by area hotel managers and represent a variety of hospitality functions. Winners include:

  • Engineer: Casey Duncan, Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • Front Desk Agent: Jean Mavec, Best Western Wichita North
  • Front of the House: Dallas Dismuke, Hotel at Old Town
  • Housekeeper: Charlene Lawrence, WoodSpring Suites Wichita South
  • Housekeeper: Sandra Bustillos, Holiday Inn Wichita East I-35
  • Manager: Nicholas Yoxall, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Wichita Downtown

“The partnership between Visit Wichita and the Wichita Area Hotel/Lodging Committee is vital to Wichita’s prosperous travel industry,” said Visit Wichita President and CEO Susie Santo. “Additionally, National Travel & Tourism Week is an opportunity to tout Wichita’s breadth of summer activities, and encourage everyone – locals and visitors – to get out and enjoy all there is to see and do in Wichita.”

For information on the exciting events and the summer activities highlighted at this year’s the National Travel and Tourism Week Summer Celebration Breakfast, visit



About Visit Wichita
Visit Wichita markets the Greater Wichita area and advocates for the city as a destination, increasing travel and tourism as a key economic driver for the city, county, region and state. Visit Wichita is led by president and CEO Susie Santo, and in 2017 travel and tourism contributed more than $1.1 billion in economic impact to the greater Wichita area, supporting more than 13,000 jobs.