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Union Station Awarded “BEST OF KANSAS CITY” As Record-Setting 2018 Closes and Exciting Year Ahead Unfolds

January 17, 2019

Visit KC Announces Visitors’ Choice Awards Winners, awarding Union StationBest of Kansas City,” “Favorite Historical Attraction,”  “Favorite Landmark,” and “Favorite Family-Friendly Attraction”

(January 17, 2019) KANSAS CITY, MO – Visit KC announced Wednesday that after months of voting, Union Station has earned the most-coveted “Best of Kansas City” in the 2018 Visitors’ Choice Awards. In addition Union Station also earned: “Favorite Historical Attraction,” “Favorite Landmark,” and for the second year in a row, Union Station’s internationally-awarded Science City was recognized as “Favorite Family-Friendly Attraction.”

“This is truly an honor for Union Station and our entire community,” George Guastello, Union Station president and CEO, said. “We focus on delivering outstanding content and experiences to our nearly 2 million annual guests. That’s our team’s passion. This award is tremendous validation of our team’s collective effort that we’re living up to our promises and acting as true ambassadors for Kansas City. We could not be more proud of these latest honors and share them with everyone who has invested in our success over the years. The hard and smart work of our Board, Staff, Volunteers and supporters is the secret to these amazing outcomes!” 

The Visitors’ Choice Awards is an annual program that honors area businesses as tourist favorites. Nominees were exclusively selected and voted upon by visitors who reside outside the five-county metro. As recognized by tourists and validated by these awards, Union Station is an iconic landmark and a vacation destination – welcoming and inviting tourists and the local community alike. Union Station and Science City have been recipients of the Visitors’ Choice Awards in various categories as far back as 2014. Receiving back-to-back awards of Favorite Family Friendly Attraction, Historical Attraction and Favorite Landmark in previous years reflects the enduring position Union Station has earned among regional, national and international guests.

“We measure success in many ways and the year 2018 was certainly a stand-out,” Jerry Baber, Union Station executive vice president and COO, said. “We welcomed a record number of guests to our core attractions, opened new and exciting reasons to visit, undertook and completed major and important preservation projects, and have much more coming. Being voted Best of Kansas City is both humbling and motivating. It will push us to be even better. We’ve set a high bar and we’re pushing it even higher as 2019 unfolds.”

The Visitors’ Choice Awards was developed by Visit KC and is the only awards program that gives KC visitors and convention attendees the opportunity to recognize their favorite Kansas City businesses in 48 categories. For the full list of winners and categories, go to


Union Station Kansas City – a 501(c)3 non-profit organization – is a 104-year-old historical landmark and celebrated civic asset renovated and reopened to the public in 1999. Recently awarded “Favorite Attraction”, “Favorite Family-Friendly Attraction” and “Favorite Historic Attraction”, the organization -- dedicated to science education, celebration of community and preservation of history -- is home to Kansas City’s internationally-awarded Science City; the new Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium; the Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre; the popular Model Railroad Experience; City Stage featuring live theater, and a selection of unique shops and restaurants. Union Station is also home to prominent area civic organizations and businesses, and regularly hosts world-class traveling exhibitions. Awarded “Top Banquet Facilities in KC” by KC Business Journal, the facility annually hosts hundreds of community events and private celebrations of all sizes. Visit  WWW.UNIONSTATION.ORG for details. Also, follow us on  FACEBOOK, TWITTER,  INSTAGRAM, and  YOUTUBE.