Author Archives: Tracy Kimberlin

International Marketing Could Come to an End for Springfield

Funding for the organization that promotes the United States as a travel destination is on the chopping block in President Donald Trump’s federal budget. That’s bad news for the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau’s international marketing programs, said Tracy Kimberlin, president/CEO of the CVB. Eliminating Brand USA would eliminate all of Springfield’s marketing efforts to […]
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State of the Airport Presentation Set for May 25

Springfield-Branson National Airport will present a state of the airport program at 3:30 p.m. May 25 at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Among the highlights: Officials indicate there’s a good chance the airport will break the 1 million passenger mark this year, an impressive milestone, but also evidence of our region’s vibrant economy. A […]
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Legislative Update

The 2017 legislative session ended May 12 with a budget of $20,948,443 approved by the House and Senate for the Missouri Division of Tourism’s FY 18 budget. If Gov. Eric Greitens approves the amount, it is about $5 million less than the division’s original FY 17 budget, from which $4.5 million was later withheld. A […]
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MoDOT Plans Meeting to Inform Public of Route 65 Construction Project

People interested in the Route 65 reconstruction project are encouraged to attend a public meeting from 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 23. The come-and-go style meeting will be at the MoDOT Southwest District Office, 3025 E. Kearney St. MoDOT officials and contractor representatives will be on hand to share details about when traffic impacts can […]
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Reception Planned in Recognition of CVB Staff

Staff changes are in the works at the CVB, including the retirement at the end of June of Karen Smith, finance/administration manager and resignation of Laura Whisler, vice president, who is planning to stay home with her children. Please join us from 4-6 p.m. May 23 at Cantina Laredo, 4109 S. National Ave., to bid […]
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MDT Accepting Award Nominations

The Missouri Division of Tourism is accepting nominations for awards presented annually at the Missouri Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Nominations are accepted in the following categories. Induction into the Missouri Tourism Hall of Fame – recognizes individuals whose long-term (minimum of 10 years) contributions have positively affected the tourism industry. Inductees have a demonstrated commitment […]
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Golf Course Designed by Tiger Woods Planned at Big Cedar Lodge

Congratulations to Bass Pro founder and CEO Johnny Morris on the announcement of a partnership with 79-time PGA Tour winner Tiger Woods and the Payne Stewart family. Scheduled to open in 2019 and named in honor of the late Payne Stewart, the new Payne’s Valley Golf Course will be the first fully public-access course in […]
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Donations Needed for SHLA Silent Auction

The Springfield Hotel Lodging Association is seeking donations for a silent auction taking place during the 10th Annual Striker Challenge bowling tournament. People with items to donate should contact Alexis Shradnick at alexis.shradnick@atriumhospitality.com or 417.522.2672. The bowling tournament is a fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. April 29 at Andy B’s, 1127 E. Battlefield Road. […]
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Legislative Update

The Missouri legislature adjourns May 12 and several tourism-related issues are making their way through the House and Senate. The House approved the Division of Tourism’s FY18 budget at about $20 million as recommended by Gov. Eric Greitens, a decrease of $5 million from the current budget on top of a $3 million withholding from […]
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TownePlace Suites Earns Hotel of the Year Award from Marriott

Congratulations to TownePlace Suites for receiving the Hotel of the Year Award for 2016 from Marriott International!Chris Rozier, director of sales at the hotel, said everyone at the hotel is honored and worked hard to receive the coveted award. “A good team helps each other, but a great team helps everyone else,” Rozier said. “TownePlace […]
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