Author Archives: Tracy Kimberlin

WOW Receives Second USA TODAY Award

Congratulations to Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium for being designated North America’s Best Aquarium through a national public poll conducted by “USA TODAY.” The nationwide recognition is the second significant award the public has bestowed upon the conservation-based aquarium and museum since its grand opening last fall. Earlier this year Wonders […]
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CVB Presents State of the Travel & Tourism Industry

Springfield’s travel and tourism industry has experienced healthy growth the past few years, a trend that accelerated in early 2017 and reached unprecedented levels after Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium opened in September. “Wonders of Wildlife is a game changer for Springfield,” Tracy Kimberlin, president/CEO of the Convention & Visitors Bureau, said during […]
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Vice President Hired for Johnny Morris Foundation

The Convention & Visitors Bureau extends a welcome to Bryan Nadeau, who has joined the Johnny Morris Foundation as vice president of conservation attractions. In the newly created role, Nadeau is leading the operation of Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium and the 10,000-acre Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in Lampe; both are […]
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Final Legislative Breakfast of 2018 set for April 25

The Springfield Metro Partnership invites you to attend a legislative breakfast from 7-8:30 a.m. April 25 at Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. The cost to attend the final legislative breakfast hosted by the partnership this year is $25 per person. The event provides opportunities for community leaders to interact face-to-face with legislators. Click Here […]
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Committee Proposes $5 million Increase for Division of Tourism

The Missouri House Budget Committee finalized a proposed state budget that includes $15.9 million for the Division of Tourism, a $5 million increase over Gov. Eric Greitens’ proposed budget. The legislature returns from spring break March 26, the full house is expected to begin deliberations on the proposed state budget offered by the House Budget […]
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CVB Changes Statistic-Gathering Tool

The Convention & Visitors Bureau tracks a variety of statistics about its activities and the lodging industry. Lodging statistics through February show the city is off to a great start with increases over last year in revenue, room sales and average daily rate. The bureau recently began using Smith Travel Research for lodging statistics and […]
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CVB Presents Awards

The Convention & Visitors Bureau revealed the recipient of its 2018 Pinnacle Award during its annual Salute to Travel & Tourism banquet Thursday night. Matt Gifford, who served as general manager of the Springfield Cardinals from 2004 to 2017, received the bureau’s top award. Gifford provided significant support to the local travel and tourism industry […]
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Capitol Days for Tourism set for Feb. 21-22

Staff from the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and other tourism entities around the state will attend Capitol Days for Tourism Feb. 21-22 in Jefferson City. Travel and tourism representatives from around the state will meet with legislators to garner support for tourism-related legislation and host a popular pancake breakfast. The schedule includes the following: […]
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Tickets Sales End Today for Annual Travel & Tourism Awards Event

Ticket sales end at 5 p.m. today for the annual Salute to Travel & Tourism Awards Banquet The banquet is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center and tickets are available at springfieldmo.org/banquet. Cost is $50 per person or $475 for a table for 10. During the event, the […]
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Airport Breaks Records in 2017

Officials with Springfield-Branson National Airport are reporting 2017 was the busiest year in the history of the facility, with a record 993,129 total passengers. That’s up 4.2 percent from last year and 35.7 percent since 2011. “Without our customers, and their decision to fly from Springfield, none of this would be possible,” said Ed Brady, […]
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