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Register Today for Tourism Conference

The annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism is set for Sept. 25-27 in St. Charles and the local travel industry is encouraged to attend. Sessions about tourism marketing are scheduled and the Division of Tourism’s annual awards banquet is planned. Click here for the agenda and here to register.
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CVB Earns Re-accreditation

The Convention & Visitors Bureau earned re-accreditation from Destinations International, an umbrella organization for destination marketing organizations. The CVB, a nonprofit marketing agency dedicated to growing the local economy through growth in the travel industry, was recognized during the Destinations International Annual Convention taking place this week in Anaheim, California. “Although the accreditation and re-accreditation […]
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Nominations for Tourism Awards Due by June 12

The Missouri Division of Tourism is accepting nominations for the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism Awards. Entries should demonstrate exemplary customer service, initiative and have positively influenced the tourism industry. Businesses such as destination marketing organizations, tourism attractions, lodging, restaurants, festivals/events, publications and other entities contributing to the tourism industry in Missouri are encouraged to […]
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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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