Because of the pandemic, 2020 was a disaster for the meetings and conventions industry nationwide and Springfield was no exception. In 2020, more than 80 groups that would have spent an estimated $30.5 million in Springfield canceled due to health concerns, and that doesn’t include groups that worked directly with hotels and meeting venues instead
The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and the National Street Rod Assoc. were able to secure new dates in 2020 to host the National Street Rod Assoc. Mid-America Street Rod Nationals. The event that was scheduled to take place in May will now be Oct. 16-18. The street rod event, which has been taking place in Springfield
After being forced to cancel the 2020 event due to the pandemic crisis, the organizer of the National Christian HomeSchool Basketball Championships signed a contract to bring the event to Springfield for an additional three years. That’s much needed good news for the local leisure and hospitality industry, said Tracy Kimberlin, president/CEO of the Convention
The Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau has a new Meeting Planners Guide available online. The guide provides a variety of information about facilities, hotels and other amenities planners need when organizing group events such as conventions, meetings and other group events. For more information, contact sales director Dana Maugans at 417-881-5300, ext. 111, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Meetings Industry Day is a big deal to those who plan face-to-face meetings and others who work in the industry. This year’s event scheduled to take place April 14 has been postponed due to COVID-19, but those in the industry don’t want the day to go unnoticed, so they’ve come up with GMID Virtual,
The CVB’s group sales department represents the city at a variety of trade shows targeting event and meeting planners. Recent and upcoming events include: Travel South Domestic Christian Meetings & Conventions Association Missouri Sports Travel American Bus Association Marketplace For more information about sales efforts targeting event and meeting planners, contact Dana Maugans, sales director,
Registration ends Feb. 19 for Missouri Sports Travel Exchange set for March 9-11 at Chateau on the Lake in Branson. Missouri Sports Travel Exchange will bring sports event organizers and sports tourism representatives together for two days of one-on-one appointments, education and networking. For more information, contact Missouri Sports Travel Exchange Event Planner Lagina Fitzpatrick,
Several groups will have events in Springfield in the coming weeks, including conventions, conferences and sports. Some of those events are BIG! The largest – those generating 1,000 room nights or more at area hotels – are highlighted in bold below. Mark your calendars! If you work at an attraction, hotel, restaurant or retailer in
The CVB’s group sales department represents the city at a variety of trade shows targeting event and meeting planners. Recent and upcoming events include: American Bus Assoc. Marketplace Travel South Domestic Missouri Natural Resources Conference Missouri Sports Travel Certified Meeting Planner Conclave Travel South International For more information about sales efforts targeting event and meeting
Groups will have events in Springfield in this month and some of them are BIG! The largest – those generating 1,000 room nights or more at area hotels – are highlighted in bold below. Mark your calendars! If you work at an attraction, hotel, restaurant or retailer in the Springfield area, you’re likely to be busy.