Author Archives: Tracy Kimberlin

Stats Show Slight Declines in Tourism this Year

Tourism numbers in Springfield are down this year compared to 2016, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad start. February last year had 29 days, which means one less day this year to count the city’s hotel guests. Also, January and February 2016 were record-breaking months and this year would have to start off […]
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You Can Get There From Here

Springfield-Branson National Airport soon will have two more nonstop destinations available for travelers. Allegiant begins service between Springfield (SGF) and Destin-Fort Walton Beach airport (VPS) May 25 and United Airlines starts service from Springfield to Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) June 8. Tickets for both routes are available now at www.allegiant.com and www.united.com. The service to […]
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Legislative Breakfast set for April 19 in Jefferson City

The Springfield Metro Partnership will host the final legislative breakfast of the 2017 session from 7-8:30 a.m. April 19 at Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. The breakfast is an opportunity to network with legislators and with local community leaders working together for common goals. Local tourism industry representatives are encouraged to attend. Cost is […]
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TownePlace Suites Garners Nine Awards

Congratulations to TownePlace Suites for receiving nine 2016 Marriott Brand Awards. Through hard work, perseverance, and a concentrated effort, the TownePlace Suites was able to achieve top-ranking scores in all of the eight customer service categories Marriott evaluates, including the following: Arrival Experience Cleanliness of Suite Elite Appreciation Intent to Recommend Maintenance and Upkeep Morning […]
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DoubleTree by Hilton Receives 2016 Hilton Worldwide Brand Awards

Congratulations to DoubleTree by Hilton Springfield for receiving the 2016 Food and Beverage Excellence, Crystal Cookie for Teaching Kids to CARE and Travel with Purpose Brand Awards! These annual recognitions celebrate the outstanding accomplishments by Hilton hotels and individuals around the world. As an award recipient, DoubleTree by Hilton Springfield has demonstrated the highest level […]
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Opening Date Announced for Wonders of Wildlife

Johnny Morris, founder/CEO of Bass Pro Shops and leading conservationist, in partnership with noted conservation partners from around the world, announced the all-new Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium will celebrate its grand opening on National Hunting & Fishing Day, September 21, 2017. “I am proud and excited that this special facility dedicated to […]
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Lieutenant Governor Talks Tourism in Springfield

Lt. Gov. Mike Parson met with more than 20 local tourism representatives to discuss his priorities for the tourism industry and learn about their vision and concerns March 3 in Springfield. Before fielding questions and comments, Parson told the group gathered at Hotel Vandivort that funding for tourism promotion is important because the industry is […]
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Roseann Bentley Receives CVB Pinnacle Award

The Convention & Visitors Bureau presented awards to travel industry individuals and organizations at the Salute to Travel & Tourism awards banquet and CVB annual meeting Thursday night. Roseann Bentley was presented with the Pinnacle Award, honoring individuals who have been active in the travel industry for many years and have made substantial contributions to […]
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Springfield’s Travel Industry Broke Records in 2016

Springfield’s lodging industry broke records in 2016, the Convention & Visitors Bureau will announce during its annual meeting and awards banquet tonight. Visitors spent more than $106 million at the city’s hotels in 2016, a 5.8 percent increase over the previous record in 2015. The number of hotel rooms rented topped out at 1.3 million, […]
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Salute to Travel & Tourism Set for Feb. 16

Tickets for the annual Salute to Travel & Tourism awards banquet are going fast so don’t delay if you’re planning to go! The banquet begins with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m. The Convention & Visitors Bureau staff will present information about the past year and upcoming […]
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