By Melissa Dixon
Hays Convention & Visitors Bureau
Get out and explore in 2023!
How are your New Year plans and goals going? As the year is getting underway, I am putting plans in place to get our staff out and about in our city – and beyond – in 2023. As a group, we are seeing some new places for the first time (Hello, axe-throwing!) and learning new things about old favorites.
We have already toured our local RV Park, Creek Side Resort, which has everything from a dog park and gym facilities to an outdoor movie theatre. The resort now collects Transient Guest Tax because of new cabins on the property, making them a different level of tourism partner. When the hot tubs are installed, I may be looking at a Hays staycation!
I want to be sure our staff members are not only experts on all things Hays, but also ready to make recommendations for great places “down the road.” I see trips to Castle Rock, Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park, and Boot Hill Museum in our future. I truly believe that the best ideas come when you get out of the office and let your brain absorb all the exciting elements of a place where it’s never been.
In the spirit of getting OUT from behind our desks, I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at Destination Statehouse in Topeka on February 8! It will be a great opportunity to catch up with legislators and tourism professionals alike. Be ready to lunch with legislators and to showcase “The Best of Kansas” at our evening event at The Beacon.