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City Officials Welcome Mexico Sister Cities

Contact: Virdena Gilkey |

City of Wichita officials will host Sister Cities International luminaries from Tlalnepantla, Mexico May 27-June 1. Wichita City Council members plan to attend several scheduled events which are listed below.

Sister Cities International is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities. Its aim is to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development. The program traces its roots to 1956, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed a “People-to-People” citizen diplomacy initiative.

For additional information regarding scheduled events or Sister Cities, please contact the Wichita City Council Office, Virdena Gilkey at 268-4331 or

Sister Cities Events

Tuesday, May 27

2:00 pm      Meet delegation, Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (Cancun & Tlalnepantla Delegation)

4:30 pm      Greet the Tlalnepantla Bicyclists at City Hall

6:30 pm      Welcome reception & dinner at Hyatt

Wednesday, May 28

8:00 am      Delegation’s Breakfast Meeting at City Hall

9:10 am      Meeting with City Hall Departments

11:00 am    Tour of City Hall

12:30 pm    Kansas Aviation Museum Tour/Lunch

6:30 pm      Welcome dinner with Sister Cities board members at their homes or designated locations

Thursday, May 29

10:30 am    Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC)

2:00 pm      Panel: Wichita/Kansas Export Opportunities at City Hall

6:00 pm      Delegation Tour & Discussion on Mexican Garden at Botanica

7:00 pm      WASC BBQ with the Mayor Fundraiser at Botanica

Friday, May 30

9:00 am      Tour and presentation at the Emergency Communications Center 

11:00 am    Wichita Art Museum Tour & Lunch

1:30 pm      Cathedral of Immaculate Conception (St. Mary’s Cathedral) Tour

6:30 pm      River Festival Sundown Parade

7:30 pm      Riverfest Concert and Fireworks

Saturday, June 2

10:00 am    Free  

6:30 pm      Mayor’s Banquet at the Hyatt

Sunday, June 3

12:00 am    Tlalnepantla delegation departs Hyatt for 2:25 pm flight

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