Legislation that would allow Springfield to ask voters for a lodging tax increase was pre-filed in the Missouri House and Senate. Rep. Craig Fishel filed HB252 and Sen. Lincoln Hough filed SB47. State law currently caps lodging tax collections at 5 percent, but lawmakers can make exceptions allowing local voters to decide if a higher
On Monday, U.S. Senate leadership released their bill, the HEALS Act, for the next round of coronavirus relief, and it included language that would expand eligibility to the Paycheck Protection Program for destination marketing organizations, such as the Convention & Visitors Bureau. While we are thrilled about the inclusion of DMOs in the PPP in
Effective immediately, the Convention & Visitors Bureau staff will be working from home for at least 14 days due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19. You can reach any of the staff using contact information available at springfieldmo.org/contact-us.
Statistics from May for Springfield’s hotels show improvement over April but it’s still not pretty. Revenue in May was down 61.2 percent compared to last year. In April, revenue was down 75 percent in Springfield. On a positive note, Springfield is faring a little better than some other destinations around the country. Nationwide, revenue was
The Smith Travel Research Report shows room revenue in Springfield was down 75 percent in April compared to April 2019. It was even worse in other areas. Branson was down 82.9 percent, St. Louis was down 83.2 percent, Kansas City was down 83.3 percent and statewide room revenue was down 79.9 percent. In the United
The city has entered phase 3 of the Road to Recovery Plan and hotel statistics continue trending upward so, unless something changes, we won’t be sending out an industry update every week. We will, however, continue to monitor the numbers and post them in Issues & Info for those who want to keep abreast of
With the events happening around the country in recent days, it’s difficult to be upbeat about travel and tourism, even though we are seeing continued increases in hotel occupancy and revenue in Springfield. We are a diverse nation and the pain caused by racial inequities is real and affects every community – including our city.
Hotel occupancy in Springfield is still well below normal levels but the numbers continue trending upward after hitting a low of 21.2 percent April 5-11. For May 17-23 occupancy was 41.1 percent, which is 42.5 percent lower than the same period last year. The average daily rate was $67.32, down 28.3 percent; demand was at
With hotel occupancy at 34 percent May 10-16, the city’s lodging industry continues recovering from the decline in travel that began when stay-home orders were issued around the country. The first 16 days of May, in fact, resulted in almost as much revenue for hotels as they earned in the entire month of April. While
Springfield’s hospitality industry began showing signs of life during the first week stay-at-home orders were lifted in Missouri. Though gatherings of large groups of people are still prohibited in Springfield and Greene County, people are beginning to travel again, pushing hotel occupancy for May 3-9 to 31.3 percent, a 53.5 percent decline over the same