was at the recent Midwest Travel Writers Association (MTWA) conference (and on the Merriam tour which included K.C. Strings!!) and wanted to write and tell you how much I love the travel candle you gave to us! The orange-vanilla smells absolutely beautiful, and Iâ€™m a big fan of travel candles because they make you feel so much at home while at a hotel. This is a wonderful gift. Best regards from Chicago!
- Patricia W.
Chicago Division - Tourist Office of Spain
Merriam Visitors Bureau
20 1 3 A nnu a l R eport
F r o m t h e D i r e c to r - K a re n C r a ne, K D S C TA
The year 2013 made a remarkable comeback resulting in impressive tourism spending, new developments and a substantial increase in Merriam visitation. To build upon this exciting momentum, the Merriam Visitors Bureau is ready to propel into 2014 with continued energy and tenacity. Tourism IS economic development -- it’s also a wise investment. As the 3rd largest industry employer in the State of Kansas, tourism creates one new job for every 217 visitors to the state. Visitor spending not only creates jobs in Merriam, it also reduces the taxes paid by homeowners. Tourism dollars help enhance our community by increasing the real estate value of Merriam homes and businesses. In short, visitor spending drives economic growth, generates community pride and improves our destination’s overall image and appeal. What’s next for Merriam? We will stay the course in our goal to establish Merriam as a premier regional destination in the Kansas City area. To all who have contributed to our community’s success in the past year, THANK YOU!
Did you know?
The special offers page on www.exploremerriam.com consistently ranks in the top three most visited pages on our website.
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Did you know?
In 2013, we were visited by Kate Tyner, the great, great, granddaughter of Merriam’s original founder, David Gee Campbell. Kate and her husband, Steve, now live in Alaska!
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171 Repins 83,930 organic FB reach 521 FB fans 9,228 web views 134,556 web impressions 723 blog biews 411 phone inquiries 267 meeting room patrons 5,056 guides distributed 1.6 million Merriam marketing impressions 1.5 million regional marketing impressions 111 geocaches discovered 724 group tour attendees
Thank you Karen Crane and Merriam CVB! We appreciate all the hard work and efforts to promote our business and bring new visitors to Merriam and Strawberry Hill Povitica Company. We are proud to partner with the Merriam CVB! - Steve Trenholm, Strawberry Hill Povitica Company
ooking ahead to 2014... • • • • •
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