THIS IS WICHITA
Welcome to Wichita, the largest city in Kansas.
Here, we are a city of makers, holding pride in our local breweries and businesses bringing a unique flare to the metro area. Wichita offers eight locally owned-and-operated breweries, a collection of fair trade and direct trade coffee shop and chic stores and boutiques displaying “flag swag” for you to take a little piece of ICT home with you.
Here, we are a city of dreamers, with budding businesses popping up on every street corner, keeping the local feel alive while opening up endless possibilities for those visiting. Shop for any item under the sun at one of our downtown shops.
Here, you can travel the world without leaving city limits, with exclusive experiences from an encounter with exotic animals to taking a trip back in time at an interactive museum. Visit a traditional speakeasy or head back to the Wild West where gunslingers and saloons made up the main stretch of Wichita.
Here, we are a city rich in culture, with a monument erected to honor the Native Americans who lived along the Arkansas River so long ago. Visit the Keeper of the Plains to learn about Wichita’s past, present and future.
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WICHITA AS AN EMERGING CITY
Wichita is the largest wheat-producing state and the third-largest beef-producing state in the nation. Additionally, Wichita proudly produces 36 percent of world’s general aviation aircraft, making it the Air Capital of the World. Major manufacturing companies call Wichita home, including Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., Textron Aviation, Bombardier Learjet and Airbus Americas Engineering. The city also ranks #3 for engineers per capita. Wichita State University is ranked #1 based for aerospace research and development with the National Institute for Aviation Research; its recently-launched Innovation Campus brings industry and community together to transform the world.” Wichita is also home to many nationally and globally known companies such as Koch Industries, a corporation involved in many trades including oil and gas, and Coleman, most well-known for developing camping and outdoors gear.
Host Hotel: Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview
When: Sept. 5-9, 2018
Reception: Hyatt Regency Wichita
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DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER AIRPORT
Wichita is known as the Air Capital and for good reason, as more than half of the world’s manufacturing takes place within our city limits. Many of those planes fly through Wichita as a pit stop or destination. Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport is a hub for travel, as it takes no more than 5 ½ hours to reach any destination in the continental United States. In July 2017, ICT Airport received its fifth consecutive perfect annual inspection score. That means the airport has upheld all safety and maintenance protocols for employees and travelers without any discrepancies. Nobody likes waiting in line for TSA. Wichita offers TSA PreCheck to expedite travelers by allowing them to quickly pass through security without having to break down their backs and take off their shoes. For the comfort of travelers, Dwight D. Eisenhower Airport offers six full restaurants, a brewery and healthy options for travelers. There are also three convenience stores for visitors to pick up items before or after each flight. The airport also offers several car rental programs, taxi and limo services and shuttles and ride sharing options to increase the ease of your travels.
HISTORIC Q-LINE TROLLEY
Hop on Wichita’s free Q-Line Trolley for fun, convenient transportation throughout the downtown area. You’ll have access to restaurants, bars, hotels, museums, entertainment venues and shopping. The historic Q-Line Trolley is a free shuttle service taking you to nearby neighborhoods like Delano, Government Center, Douglas Design District, Old Town and Clifton Square. There are four Q-Line routes with stops just about every other block. You can also stop any time by pulling the cord located near the windows on both sides of the trolley. The Q-Line runs every 10 minutes at various times and locations. Find more details on where to catch the Q-Line here.
Sitting in the heart of downtown Wichita, the historic brick-lined streets give away your location. You are in Old Town. With warehouses dating back to the 1800s, this historic part of town houses more than 100 businesses including restaurants, bars, breweries and locally-owned shops. Old Town is also home to live music venues like The Brickyard, as well as a theatre and the Museum of World Treasures, an interactive museum with one of the most complete T-rex skeletons in the world.
SHOPPING & DINING OPTIONS
From Delano through Clifton Square, all along Douglas Avenue, you’ll find locally-owned shops and boutiques, each offering exclusive, handmade items for any type of shopper. From creating a custom hat at Hatman Jack’s or designing a pair of blue jeans fit-to-wear for your style at FNL Denim, there is no shortage of local businesses eager to cater to your needs. Be on the look out for the famous Wichita flag, as many stores offer handmade jewelry, pillows, blankets, t-shirts and mugs donning the red, white and blue symbol of pride for ICT. Take some time to go to Nifty Nut House for an impressive selection of candies and sweets. The store offers 4,500 items, including 18 different seeds and nuts in 123 different assortments. Food Network’s Alton Brown has called this Wichita tradition “a national treasure.” Find out more places to get your sweet tooth fix in Wichita here.