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Enabling Legislation Making its Way Through State Legislature

HB 1700, sponsored by Rep. Craig Fishel, was approved 119-33 in the House last week and sent to the Senate. This bill would allow Springfield voters to consider an increase to our hotel/motel tax to fund tourism efforts. Sen. Lincoln Hough is sponsoring the Senate version of the bill, SB 770, which was referred to […]
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Airport Gets Federal Grant for Pavement Repairs

The Springfield-Branson National Airport will receive a $3.7 million-dollar discretionary grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help reconstruct a taxiway and make repairs to a runway. Taxiways are paths for airplanes at an airport. They connect runways to terminals and other airport facilities. A runway is the paved surface that airplanes use to […]
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Registration Underway for MDT Tourism Meetings

The Missouri Division of Tourism is taking its show on the road. Plan to attend one of five regional tourism meetings to learn about the significant impact tourism has on the economy. The MDT director and staff will share their plans to increase tourism across the state in 2020. Representatives from Missouri agencies — Economic […]
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Video Contest Underway

In celebration of the centennial of women’s right to vote, VacationistUSA.com – a Madden Media project –  is giving away $10,000 in prize money (three first prizes of $2,000 across three rounds, and one grand prize of $4,000) to videographers, students, organizations, destinations, or anyone else who can show the impact of women who are […]
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Registration Closes Feb. 19 for Sports Travel Exchange

Registration ends Feb. 19 for Missouri Sports Travel Exchange set for March 9-11 at Chateau on the Lake in Branson. Missouri Sports Travel Exchange will bring sports event organizers and sports tourism representatives together for two days of one-on-one appointments, education and networking. For more information, contact Missouri Sports Travel Exchange Event Planner Lagina Fitzpatrick, […]
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Lawmakers Asked to Allow Local Control of Lodging Tax

Community leaders are asking the Missouri legislature to allow local control over the tax rate charged to guests staying at Springfield hotels. State law currently caps lodging tax collections at 5 percent, but lawmakers can make exceptions allowing local voters to decide if a higher amount can be collected. Exceptions have been made for other […]
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Tickets on Sale for CVB Awards Banquet

Tickets are on sale for the 2020 Salute to Travel and Tourism Awards banquet. That evening the Convention & Visitors Bureau is honoring Rick and Mary McQueary with the Pinnacle Award, which recognizes those who have made substantial contributions to the betterment of the Springfield area’s travel industry. The McQuearys played a significant role in […]
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Big Groups Coming to Springfield this Spring

Several groups will have events in Springfield in the coming weeks, including conventions, conferences and sports. Some of those events are BIG! The largest – those generating 1,000 room nights or more at area hotels – are highlighted in bold below. Mark your calendars! If you work at an attraction, hotel, restaurant or retailer in […]
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Bass Pro Founder Honored by National Professional Anglers Association

The National Professional Anglers Association awarded top honors to several members of the professional angling community at its 2020 conference in January. Among them was a special category reserved for visionaries who have shaped the sportfishing industry’s past, present, and future. This year’s honoree is an exceptional leader in the outdoors and conservation, as well […]
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Airport Breaks Another Record in 2019

Last year was another record year and marked the eighth consecutive year of growth at Springfield-Branson National Airport. Not only was it another record, but 2019 was the busiest year in the airport’s history with 1,187,068 total passengers. That’s an increase of 111,643 passengers (or 10.4% growth) over the previous record in 2018 and 62% […]
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