By TIM CARPENTER
TOPEKA — Damage to the
Kansas tourism economy during the COVID-19 pandemic can be illustrated
by impact of closing the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in
The largest attraction in
Abilene has been closed for months, blocking access to the $9 million
exhibit space opened in August 2019 after an eight-month renovation.
Nearly 150,000 people visited the museum last year. That was expected to
double in 2020, said Kelly Peetoom, president of the Travel Industry
Association of Kansas.
“The 2020 travel season
was predicted to be Abilene’s best year in a long time. In contrast, it
is Abilene’s tourism industry’s worst,” Peetoom said.