Author Archives: Tracy Kimberlin

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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Nearly Half of MDT’s Budget Slashed for FY18

Gov. Eric Greitens is withholding $10 million from the Missouri Division of Tourism’s FY18 budget. The budget that goes into effect July 1 was slated to be $20.5 million this year. The impact to the state’s tourism marketing organization remains to be seen but there is no doubt it will be devastating to MDT’s ability […]
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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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