Partner Development Manager Joins CVB Staff

Melissa Divincen is the new partner development manager for the Springfield, Missouri, CVB. Ms. Divincen is responsible for advertising sales in bureau publications and on the Web site. She also manages the Marketing Partnership Program, which provides CVB services for businesses outside Springfield city limits. She comes to the bureau from a position as assistant director of the Greater Springfield Area Sports Commission, an organization managed by the CVB.

Travel Connections Fall Mixer

The Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to its Travel Connections Fall Mixer on Thursday, October 21 at 5pm at the Jordan Valley Car Park Visitors Center.  This event is an opportunity for area travel and tourism professionals to network while enjoying beverages from 7C’s Winery, Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company and the Springfield

Lake Country Soccer to Host Record-Sized Tourney Oct. 15-17

Lake Country Soccer will host the 26th Annual Fall Classic sponsored by Springfield’s Incredible Pizza Company Oct. 15-17. With 166 teams participating, it will be the largest single weekend tournament ever at Lake Country Soccer.

About 2,700 players are expected to participate – 45 are local and 121 from outside the area. The players, parents, coaches and those coming in to watch the games are expected to generate about 1,452 room nights at local hotels.

October 2010 Issues & Info

Keep up with the latest news about the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the local travel and tourism industry. The October 2010 Issues & Info newsletter has information about proposals received for a competitive assessment study, a new initiative launched by the U.S. Travel Association, upcoming conventions and events, statistics and much more.

New Map Available for Springfield Visitors

Springfield Map CoverA new Springfield Map is now available to assist visitors and new residents in more easily navigating the city.

The map features a comprehensive street-level view of the City of Springfield, Greene County and a detailed downtown inset. The map, produced in cooperation with Community Link, is available at three Springfield Information Centers – Battlefield Road and U.S. 65, downtown in the Jordan Valley Car Park and at the Springfield-Branson National Airport.

Summer Travel Season Ends on a Positive Note

The summer travel season has come to an end.  Unlike last year, this year’s summer travel season ends on a positive note – finally.  After eighteen consecutive months of year-over-year declines, we finally saw growth in the number of rooms occupied in Springfield lodging facilities.

According to the STR Report compiled by Smith Travel Research, Springfield’s first increase in occupied rooms since the start of the Great Recession occurred in June with a modest increase in occupied rooms of 0.8 percent.  The STR Report showed the increase in occupied rooms in Springfield in July was a more impressive 4.6 percent.  August was even better – a 9.2 percent increase in occupied rooms!