Author Archives: Tracy Kimberlin

CVB Accepting Nominations for 2018 Salute to Travel & Tourism Awards

The Convention & Visitors Bureau is accepting nominations for the 2018 Salute to Travel & Tourism Awards through Dec. 15. Nominations for these prestigious awards honoring individuals and businesses making a positive impact on Springfield-area tourism can be made in five categories and multiple nominations are accepted by filling out the form below or this […]
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Buy Missouri Program Announced with Public Meetings

Lt. Gov. Mike Parson announced a new program called Buy Missouri that will recognize and promote products made within the borders of Missouri while strengthening the state’s economy. Missouri has hundreds of quality products and deserve the recognition Buy Missouri will bring to them. This kind of project has never been done on this scale […]
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Missouri Governor’s Conference on Tourism Sept. 26-28

Several CVB staff members will attend the Missouri Governor’s Conference on Tourism at the Branson Convention Center Sept. 26-28. The keynote speaker at the conference is Peter Greenberg, travel editor at CBS News. A multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter and producer, Greenberg is America’s most recognized travel news journalist. A highlight of the event is the […]
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Springfield CVB to Participate in Grand Opening of Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium

CVB staff will be among those celebrating the Grand Opening of the much anticipated Wonders of Wildlife beginning Sept. 20. The new attraction will open to the public on September 22. “We’re beyond thrilled this world-class attraction will be opening its doors,” said Tracy Kimberlin, president/CEO of the CVB. “Bass Pro is already the number-one […]
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Johnny Morris Deserves Our Thanks

With the opening of Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium just days away, the excitement is growing in Springfield. Just as the community is proud of other local people who are successful and made a positive impact on the community — the O’Reilly family, John Q. Hammons, the McQuearys, Gordon Elliott, Robert […]
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Tourism Conference Just Around the Corner

Registration is underway for the 2017 Missouri Governor’s Conference on Tourism set for Sept. 26-28 in Branson. The agenda features sessions on marketing, branding, research and product development, plus a keynote address from renowned journalist Peter Greenberg, the travel editor for CBS News. Also, there are opportunities to network with peers and businesses that specialize […]
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MDT Revises FY18 Budget After $10 million Withheld

Dan Lennon, director of the Missouri Division of Tourism, outlined how the state’s tourism marketing agency will function after $10 million – about 50% – of the organization’s budget was withheld by Gov. Eric Greitens. The impact on all MDT programs is significant: 11% of reduction: Administrative costs cut by $1.1 million largely from adjusting […]
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Organizations Issue Statement on $10 Million Withholding from MDT Budget

The Missouri Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus and Missouri Travel Council, along with organizations throughout the state, are working to encourage Gov. Eric Greitens to restore $10 million withheld from the Division of Tourism’s FY18 budget. In that effort, MACVB and MTC issued a statement that was sent to the governor. The statement explains […]
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U.S. 65 Lane Closures Begin July 10

Portions of U.S. 65 will be closed for a construction project throughout the summer with lane closures beginning on July 10. Southbound closings start on July 10 with completion by late July/early August Southbound closed between Kearney and Division streets week of July 10 Southbound closed between Division Street and Chestnut Expressway week of July […]
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Register Today for Annual Tourism Conference

Registration is open for the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Tourism set for Sept. 26-28 in Branson. The conference includes informative sessions, networking opportunities and the annual tourism awards banquet honoring industry leaders. The conference also includes an appearance by a multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter and producer. Peter Greenberg is America’s most recognized, honored and respected […]
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