Downtown Kansas City Visitor Count Soars

Kansas City will play host to a week full of entrepreneur-focused events in late June. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
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A report by the Downtown Council says the number of visitors to downtown Kansas City soared from about 2.5 million in 2002 to 13.4 million last year, a 445 percent increase. The report credits the huge investment that’s occurred the past half-dozen years in such entertainment venues as the Power & Light District, Sprint Center and Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The new estimate of visitor growth comes as a counterweight to a recent report in the Star that private employment has shrunk downtown during roughly the same period by 19.6 percent. The interim CEO of the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association said the dramatic increase in visitors vindicated the billions of dollars in investment, much of it subsidized by taxpayers.

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