*Photo courtesy of The Kansan
On May 5, 2019, the Kansan reported that Salina and Saline County visitors are spending more than $200 million per year on travel and tourism in the area, according to a 2017 study by Tourism Economics. The study reveals that tourism in Saline County generated more than $30 million in tax revenue and supports one out of every 11.5 jobs in the county.
These results come before the completion of a $160 million-plus dollar restoration of downtown Salina, showing early signs of success for the revitalization efforts, which will include a new hotel, renovated event and entertainment venues and unique food and beverage vendors.
Benefits from the downtown project could be far-reaching, said Sylvia Rice, Director of Visit Salina at the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s not just a downtown project. It’s a community project that’s going to spread dollars all over the town, county and region,” she said.