Southeast Kansas Tourism Impacts Local Economy

By Bryan McLoone |

Published 07/09 2014 09:30PM

Updated 07/09 2014 10:23PM

PITTSBURG, KS.--- With the Kansas Shrine Bowl at Pittsburg State just a couple weeks away, one local business is expected to see a continued increase in service.

"We have a lot more catering events. A lot busier, people coming in for lunch and dinner due to all the events that have happened in Southeast Kansas," said Shelly Basgall, General Manager Chatters.

"We've seen the biggest tourism year we've ever had in this area," said B.J. Harris, Executive Director CVB.

Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director B.J. Harris says events like the Baja SAE, and the clay shooting open in Cherokee County has brought more people to stay in Crawford County.

"Almost 6,000 hotel rooms more in the first six months of 2014 than the first six months of 2013," said Harris. 

Harris says for travel and tourism, 80 cents of every dollar spent in a community gets re-spent.

"You could say that roughly we're having an economic impact above what we were last year at this point of 5 million to 6 million more dollars of economic impact," he said.     

The Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau even launched a new mobile app today, to help tourists find places of interested and county events.

"Give them something to take with them to utilize when they go out and explore our area," he said.    

Harris says with the Shrine Bowl coming up, it's another opportunity for the county to make a good impression on visitors.

"The best advertising is word of mouth. And if we can do a good job, maybe they'll spread a good word for us," said Harris. 

Along with the Shrine Bowl, Harris says the Four States Farm Show will also bring a lot of tourists into the county. If anyone would like to download the free mobile app, click here

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