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Division of Tourism Announces New Director

The Missouri Tourism Commission named Stephen Foutes Director for the Missouri Division of Tourism this week. “Tourism is a vital sector within Missouri’s economy,” Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe said. “It fuels jobs in communities all across our state and shows millions of people what a great place Missouri is to live, work and play.” The […]
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Airport Gets Federal Grant for Pavement Repairs

The Springfield-Branson National Airport will receive a $3.7 million-dollar discretionary grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help reconstruct a taxiway and make repairs to a runway. Taxiways are paths for airplanes at an airport. They connect runways to terminals and other airport facilities. A runway is the paved surface that airplanes use to […]
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Video Contest Underway

In celebration of the centennial of women’s right to vote, VacationistUSA.com – a Madden Media project –  is giving away $10,000 in prize money (three first prizes of $2,000 across three rounds, and one grand prize of $4,000) to videographers, students, organizations, destinations, or anyone else who can show the impact of women who are […]
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Airport Breaks Another Record in 2019

Last year was another record year and marked the eighth consecutive year of growth at Springfield-Branson National Airport. Not only was it another record, but 2019 was the busiest year in the airport’s history with 1,187,068 total passengers. That’s an increase of 111,643 passengers (or 10.4% growth) over the previous record in 2018 and 62% […]
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Celebration of Life Service set for Feb. 1 for Tourism Leader

R.B. “Bob” Smith, III, died Jan. 16 at the age of 80 years old. Bob built legacies over two separate professional careers, both centered on promoting the communities in which he lived. A long-time leader of Missouri’s tourism industry, Bob was appointed to the Missouri Tourism Commission in 1989 and served as chairman from 1993-1996 […]
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Missouri Tourism Award Recipients Include Springfield’s Jeff Houghton

A star-powered marketing campaign, a Halloween celebration that digs deep into the past and a TV talk show that proudly calls Springfield home were among the award winners at the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism Oct. 8-10 in Columbia. Eight awards were presented during the conference to individuals, organizations and events for their efforts to […]
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Missouri Travel Alliance Seeking Donations for Annual Auction

The Missouri Travel Alliance is preparing for its 2019 auction set for Sept. 23-Oct. 4. For that auction, the organization is asking travel and tourism entities to donate items that are auctioned off to help support the work of MTA throughout the year; items such as hotel overnights, tickets to attractions, unique local products, gift […]
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More Parking Available Soon at Airport

Passenger growth at the Springfield‐Branson National Airport is so rapid, the airport is adding more parking. Construction is underway on more than 700 parking spots. This is on top of the 300 spots added less than three years ago. Airports across the country have seen record growth the past couple years and keeping up with parking is a […]
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Update Listings by Friday for the Missouri Travel Guide

Friday is the final day to update information for the 2020 Missouri Travel Guide produced by the Missouri Division of Tourism. The deadline was extended one week due to the tornado and flooding that caused a work slowdown in Jefferson City. Please access your account at https://industry.visitmo.com/ and update your listing as soon as possible. […]
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Infrastructure Proposal Would Hurt State’s Tourism Economy

A proposal to use $100 million in general revenue funds for infrastructure in Missouri will have the side effect of hurting the state’s tourism economy. That’s because the plan announced Wednesday during a press conference called by House Budget Chair Cody Smith and House Speaker Elijah Haahr will be funded in part by cuts in […]
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