Mental Hors d’oeuvres, More Geary County Tourism
Welcome to 2023. It’s a new year, with new goals and planning taking place in the Geary County Convention & Visitors Bureau office.
For those who have not met me, I’ve been in the Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) world as a Director for more than 20 years. It’s the most satisfying and fulfilling industry. This industry takes a lot of creative ideas, fortitude, determination, tenacity, and just plain old grit to accomplish amazing results.
I started out as a managing editor of daily newspapers in Nebraska and then jumped into the tourism industry that I fell in love with. Since moving to Junction City over a year ago, I have met some of the kindest and most welcoming people. This community has so many amazing qualities, that all start with the people who make this county their home.
We have a total of three employees in our office including myself, Donna Price, Director; Amanda Ravenstein is our Marketing Specialist and Deputy Director. She’s the designer behind the visitors guide you see and other advertising; and our newest employee is Paige Mendoza, our Administrative Assistant and overall social media guru. She’s also the one you will see with a camera out and about taking great photos.
Currently we are working on many small and large projects. Tourism economic impact studies are beginning to come in and Geary County is doing very well.
In the most recent reports we have a 10.9 percent growth rate in tourism for Geary County. This is because of the visitors that are coming in and spending money, which is helping our local folks save $412.80 a year on taxes. We have a 14.6 percent share of the tourism market in our North Central Region and a 1.4 percent share in the State.
We will have more reports coming in the next few months and will share those numbers with the community.