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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.
â€śâ€śThe Overland Park CVB puts an emphasis on its staff being well educated and up-to-date with the industry,â€ť said Bill Frey, Overland Park CVB chair. â€śThis leads to good leadership and will provide vision for the CVB to progress in the future.â€ť
The Travel Industry Association of Kansas (TIAK) established the KDS certification program in 2003, which is designed to familiarize and further oneâ€™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 yearâ€™s conference.
â€śWe are pleased that two additional KDS recipients, both TIAK Board members, were honored this year,â€ť said Dick Carter, executive director of TIAK. â€śThe hard work and dedication it takes to obtain this certification show true leadership in our industry.â€ť
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.
For more information contact Amy Garton at 913-491-0123.Back to News