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Jerry Cook achieves Kansas Destination Specialist certification

November 04, 2009
Jerry Cook, president of the Overland Park Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), was honored during the 2009 Kansas Tourism Conference for achieving his Kansas Destination Specialist (KDS) certification.

““The Overland Park CVB puts an emphasis on its staff being well educated and up-to-date with the industry,” said Bill Frey, Overland Park CVB chair. “This leads to good leadership and will provide vision for the CVB to progress in the future.”

The Travel Industry Association of Kansas (TIAK) established the KDS certification program in 2003, which is designed to familiarize and further one’s knowledge of the State of Kansas, tourism marketing and leadership. Since its inception, 13 people from CVBs across the state have been named a KDS designee. Jan Stevens, director of the Dodge City Convention & Visitors Bureau, was also honored for her achievement as a Kansas Destination Specialist during this year’s conference.

“We are pleased that two additional KDS recipients, both TIAK Board members, were honored this year,” said Dick Carter, executive director of TIAK. “The hard work and dedication it takes to obtain this certification show true leadership in our industry.”

The 2009 Kansas Tourism Conference was held October 18-21 in Overland Park. This three day conference is the major annual event for travel and tourism promoters in Kansas. It offers both hoteliers and tourism professionals a variety of educational seminars, workshops and networking opportunities. In addition, a trade show showcases goods and services available to the lodging and tourism industry.

About the Travel Industry Association of Kansas
The Travel Industry Association of Kansas is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of travel and tourism in Kansas.

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For more information contact Amy Garton at 913-491-0123.

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