May 4-12 will mark National Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984.
Cities across the US will sponsor a variety of events to acknowledge the impact of the tourism industry.
Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau will host a Tourism Luncheon on Friday, May 3, as the official kick-off for the week. Guest speaker for the luncheon is Jerry Cook, president and CEO of the Overland Park CVB. A special guest accompanying Cook is Dave Lindstrom, former linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Lindstrom and Cook have made it their mission to walk every scenic byway in Kansas. They will head to Great Bend after the tourism luncheon to walk the Wetlands & Wildlife Scenic Byway. Several tourism awards will be presented during the luncheon.
The luncheon will be at the Eisenhower Library Courtyard from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $12 and it is open to the public. Reservations are required and may be obtained by calling 263-2231.
In Dickinson County, tourism is a $30.9 million dollar industry and one of the top employers for the county.