As expected, the most recent hotel statistics paint a dismal picture of the city’s hospitality industry. Here are the statistics from Smith Travel Research for March 22-28 compared to the same period last year: Occupancy – Down 63.2% to 25.5% Average Daily Rate – Down 27.9% to $64.11 Revenue Per Available Room – Down 73.5%
The city’s hospitality industry is taking a huge hit during the pandemic and it’s only going to get worse when stay at home orders go into effect at midnight tonight in Greene County and Springfield. Many other communities have issued or soon will implement similar orders, including Christian County and Branson, further affecting travel in
The Convention & Visitors Bureau staff is closely watching the impact of the COVID-19 virus on local businesses and we want to assure you we’re not sitting idly by. It was impractical to continue with marketing campaigns that began earlier this year or were scheduled to begin soon so we have canceled and postponed ad
The Convention & Visitors Bureau staff is closely monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 and its impact on the travel and tourism industry. To date, no cases of the virus have been reported in Missouri. The CVB is following recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when it comes to travel and healthy
More than 300 people are expected to attend the Salute to Travel & Tourism Awards banquet today at the White River Conference Center. The event hosted by the Convention & Visitors Bureau begins with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, a program about the local tourism industry and awards presentations beginning at 7
HB 1700, sponsored by Rep. Craig Fishel, was approved 119-33 in the House last week and sent to the Senate. This bill would allow Springfield voters to consider an increase to our hotel/motel tax to fund tourism efforts. Sen. Lincoln Hough is sponsoring the Senate version of the bill, SB 770, which was referred to
Community leaders are asking the Missouri legislature to allow local control over the tax rate charged to guests staying at Springfield hotels. State law currently caps lodging tax collections at 5 percent, but lawmakers can make exceptions allowing local voters to decide if a higher amount can be collected. Exceptions have been made for other
The registration deadline is Feb. 7 for the 2020 Capitol Day for Tourism event set for Feb. 19 in Jefferson City. Participants will be assigned to teams of two or three people who will be provided with informative fliers focusing on extending the sunset for the tourism funding formula and highlighting tourism’s impact and importance.
The Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today the individuals and businesses that will be honored at the 2020 Salute to Travel & Tourism Awards Banquet on Feb. 21. The Pinnacle Award for individuals who have been active in the travel industry for many years and made substantial contributions to the betterment of the Springfield area’s
The Convention & Visitors Bureau is accepting nominations through Dec. 8 for the 2020 Salute to Travel & Tourism Awards. Nominations for these prestigious awards honoring individuals and businesses making a positive impact on Springfield-area tourism can be made in five categories by filling out the form at bit.ly/CVBAwardNominations. You can submit multiple nominations if you wish.