Author Archives: Tracy Kimberlin

CVB Accepting Award Nominations Through Dec. 14

The Convention & Visitors Bureau is accepting nominations through Dec. 14 for the 2019 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 and multiple nominations are accepted by filling out the form at bit.ly/CVBAwardNominations. Previous award […]
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CVB Endorses Proposition D

The Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau board of directors announced it is endorsing Proposition D, a statewide initiative on the ballot Nov. 6. If approved, Proposition D would incrementally increase Missouri’s fuel tax over the next four years to 10 cents per gallon, generating about $123 million annually for local governments for roads and $288 […]
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Wonders of Wildlife Celebrates First Year

Congratulations to everyone at Johnny Morris’ National Museum & Aquarium on a wildly successful first year. Since opening on Sept. 21, 2017, a whopping 1.6 million people have visited the attraction and new exhibits and activities have been added such as Penguin Cove and the Out to Sea Shark Dive. As part of its one-year […]
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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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