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!