Author Archives: Tracy Kimberlin

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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Donations Needed for SHLA Silent Auction

The Springfield Hotel Lodging Association is seeking donations for a silent auction taking place during the 10th Annual Striker Challenge bowling tournament. People with items to donate should contact Alexis Shradnick at alexis.shradnick@atriumhospitality.com or 417.522.2672. The bowling tournament is a fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. April 29 at Andy B’s, 1127 E. Battlefield Road. […]
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Legislative Update

The Missouri legislature adjourns May 12 and several tourism-related issues are making their way through the House and Senate. The House approved the Division of Tourism’s FY18 budget at about $20 million as recommended by Gov. Eric Greitens, a decrease of $5 million from the current budget on top of a $3 million withholding from […]
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TownePlace Suites Earns Hotel of the Year Award from Marriott

Congratulations to TownePlace Suites for receiving the Hotel of the Year Award for 2016 from Marriott International!Chris Rozier, director of sales at the hotel, said everyone at the hotel is honored and worked hard to receive the coveted award. “A good team helps each other, but a great team helps everyone else,” Rozier said. “TownePlace […]
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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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