- Associated Press - Monday, March 29, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - It’s official: The state tourism division in Kansas will become part of the Department of Commerce starting July 1.

Gov. Laura Kelly’s proposal announced last year recently passed a 60-day period without action by the Legislature, meaning the order can be implemented.

Kelly said Monday that the realignment “will support our businesses, our tourism industry, and will play a significant role in our COVID-19 recovery efforts.”

The tourism division is currently part of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

The Travel Industry Association of Kansas, the Kansas Restaurant & Hospitality Association and the Kansas Economic Development Alliance all supported the move’s potential to promote tourism as an economic development tool.

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