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Tourism Is Big Business In Kansas, $8 Billion In 2011

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State officials say travel and tourism in Kansas generated almost $8 billion in 2011. Becky Blake, the state director of tourism, says 32 million people visited Kansas in 2011 -- and each visitor spent about $236.

"There's a lot of jobs that are supported both directly and indirectly through tourism, nearly 150,000," said Blake. "About every 217 visitors or travelers creates a new job in Kansas."

Blake says some of the top travel destinations in Kansas include the Flint Hills, Cheyenne Bottoms, the Underground Salt Museum and Cosmosphere in Hutchinson and the famous frontier town of Dodge City.