Gov. wants tourism division moved to the Kansas Commerce Department

Kansas

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says she wants to move the state's tourism division into the Department of Commerce.

Kelly said in a news release Monday that she wants to make tourism a tool for economic growth and development. The tourism division is currently part of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Kelly says businesses, destination marketing groups and other industries support the proposed move.

The change would become effective July 1 if the Kansas Legislature does not object. The tourism division would then be part of the business development area of the Department of Commerce.