Wichita City Council approves 2022 tourism budget

Beautiful sunset with the Keeper of the Plains in Wichita, Kansas
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The Wichita City Council approved a $2.745 million budget in 2022 for Visit Wichita, to promote tourism and convention activities in the city.

Susie Santos with Visit Wichita says the organization will carry over $939 thousand from last year to help jump start their advertising efforts. The organization held on to that money last year, as travel demand was low due to the pandemic. She says TV advertisements will resume next week and will run all summer, targeting Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, along with western Kansas.

Santos adds that sports will play a big part in the recovery in Wichita this summer, with some high-profile events, like TBT (The Basketball Tournament), NJCAA Soccer Championships, Wheelchair Basketball championships and Beep Baseball.

In other business, there was no lease agreement signed to build a new hotel north of Eisenhower National Airport. The motion was deferred by the council until next week.

The city's fire codes have been updated, something the city does every three to six years.

The city council approved $2.9 million in entitlement grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Some of the beneficiaries include domestic violence shelter services, youth crime prevention and homeless prevention.

Finally, the council approved special assessments for numerous paving, water and sewer projects across the city.