Agritourism: Your Next Cash Crop?
Call it what you want – agritourism, ecotourism, or nature-based tourism. Travelers from all over the United States and the world are coming to Kansas--and they are willing to pay handsomely for authentic rural experiences and the related dining, lodging, shopping and entertainment. Kansas visitors are looking for farm and ranch vacations featuring authentic experiences. They are looking for vineyards and wineries, bird watching at a country inn, hiking, biking and riding trails. They are looking for opportunities to hunt, fish, camp or just sit around a campfire and stargaze while someone tells stories of the history, culture and traditions of the area. Our tourists are seeking high quality art, music, foods, clothing and other products representative of Kansas.
Farmers, ranchers and others interested in starting or expanding a business in which rural tourism would be an important source of income are encouraged to attend. Consisting of three parts, the first will be an illustrated presentation on the characteristics of the clientele, the kinds of experiences and products they want, and how to get started in your business. Second, a panel of Kansas Agritourism providers will describe their businesses and answer questions from the audience. Finally, an upcoming agritourism business development course will be explained.
For more information please contact:
- Sue Stringer, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, Byway Liaison 1020 S. Kansas Ave., Ste 200 Topeka, KS 66612 phone: 785-296-1847 or 1-800-684-6966