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Hays plc

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Hays plc

23 Lower Belgrave Street

London, Greater London,SW1W 0NT

United Kingdom

Company Description

We also offer functional expertise in Human Resources, Finance, Tax & Legal and Logistics. Hays Executive sert le marché français principalement à partir de son bureau parisien bien que 50% des missions gérées le sont pour le compte d'entreprises basées en d...more

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Convention & Visitors Bureau


City of Hays KS


Sternberg Museum of Natural History

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Jana Jordan
Jana Jordan Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau

It was easy for Jana Jordan to say good things about Hays for more than a quarter of a century.
It was a little more difficult to hold back tears on her last day of work as the executive director of the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau. Jordan announced her retirement from the position last month after a 26-year career. "I have enjoyed selling the community," Jordan said. "I believe what I'm telling people about Hays." Jordan was honored at a retirement reception Friday, in the building that she virtually helped build -- the Hays Welcome Center -- and one of the biggest accomplishments during her tenure. The spacious $1.2 million building at the corner of 27th and Vine Streets was completed in 2007. The facility, designed to replicate the old train depot in downtown Hays, also houses the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce, Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development, Downtown Hays Development Corp. and Heartland Foundation. Jordan successfully wrote a $700,000 enhancement grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation for the welcome center. The rest was to come from transient guest taxes paid by those who stay in Hays hotels, with a 2018 payoff date. However, Jordan said, "We will pay that off this fall. This is a gift from overnight visitors." "And," she added, "we have visitors coming in here all the time. Downtown, people didn't know where we were. We had no visitors. Now, it's the front door for our community." Jordan said one of the most rewarding achievements during her career was making Hays people aware of how much they had to offer. In addition to numerous conferences and conventions held in Hays since Jordan's start in 1988, Jordan also worked at a variety of state high school events that brought oodles of fans to Hays for weekends several times a year. "When I first started years ago, people in Hays didn't realize we had a tourism industry in Hays, and that has changed a great deal," she said. "They realize what a boon it is for all these visitors coming to our community." Jordan grew up in Hanston and after graduating from high school in 1973, attended Colby Community College. She moved to Hays in 1978 and worked for Hays Travel before taking the Hays CVB position in 1988. "She's always risen above, always put Hays first," Schwaller said of Jordan, who had a knack for convincing people that Hays was the place to be -- whether it be for a visit or to put down stakes. "It's a great place to raise a family," said Jordan, who raised her only son, Zach, in Hays. Now, her son is grown and off on his own, Jordan said it's time to take some time for herself. She will take a few months off, then search for another job, maybe a part-time one. A search is ongoing for Jordan's position, and most think they will be big shoes to fill. "You've been a wonderful face for the city of Hays, an ambassador," Schwaller told Jordan. That seemed to be the consensus as well wishers greeted Jordan with "good luck, we'll miss you, we love you" comments. Some shook Jordan's hand, but most gave her a hug. Typical of Jordan, she waved off the compliments, instead even on her last day, continued to look at it all as a team effort. "I want to thank you for what I feel was a successful career," she told those in attendance, "only because you helped me out."

Jana Jordan, director of the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the number of convention visitors has fallen by nearly half during the past eight or nine years to approximately 6,000.
Jordan said there have been complaints about a current site hosting conventions, the Hays Ambassador Hotel and Conference Center at 3603 Vine -- formerly the Ramada Inn. The hotel has a 2.6 of 5 stars guest rating on Common guest reviews criticize the smell of cigarette smoke in rooms, mold, the lukewarm hot tub and excessive noise. Jordan said a convention center would make Hays a "northwest Kansas destination" for many travelers rather than a stop along Interstate 70. Although Dodge City's events center and casino might be attractive to convention groups, the culture in Hays is a compelling draw, she said. "Once the people have been there, then they're willing to look at something else and they can remember how unique their visit was from three or four years ago, and think of coming back to Hays," Jordan said. The Volga German heritage, Wild West history and downtown area define the local experience, she said. No market research has been done to identify potential conventions, but the CVB has close ties to many groups. "We know the market," Jordan said. "Our meat and potatoes really has been in the pas,t and will be again, to target groups from that 150 to 250, even 300 (range)," Jordan said.

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Jana Jordan
Jana Jordan Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau Director

Jana Jordan
Executive Director Hays Convention & Visitors Bureau

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