On Monday, U.S. Senate leadership released their bill, the HEALS Act, for the next round of coronavirus relief, and it included language that would expand eligibility to the Paycheck Protection Program for destination marketing organizations, such as the Convention & Visitors Bureau. While we are thrilled about the inclusion of DMOs in the PPP in
Message from Tori Emerson Barnes, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Policy U.S. Travel Association Take Action Now As the Senate prepares to take an important vote on the coronavirus relief package today, it is critical that we have as many travel voices as possible communicate with Congress TODAY about the impact this is
Congress is considering a comprehensive economic stimulus package designed to provide direct relief to the hospitality industry. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to contact members of Congress to express your support. U.S. Travel Association and the Power of Travel Coalition made it easy by setting up a simple form that
HB 1700, sponsored by Rep. Craig Fishel, was approved 119-33 in the House last week and sent to the Senate. This bill would allow Springfield voters to consider an increase to our hotel/motel tax to fund tourism efforts. Sen. Lincoln Hough is sponsoring the Senate version of the bill, SB 770, which was referred to
Community leaders are asking the Missouri legislature to allow local control over the tax rate charged to guests staying at Springfield hotels. State law currently caps lodging tax collections at 5 percent, but lawmakers can make exceptions allowing local voters to decide if a higher amount can be collected. Exceptions have been made for other
The registration deadline is Feb. 7 for the 2020 Capitol Day for Tourism event set for Feb. 19 in Jefferson City. Participants will be assigned to teams of two or three people who will be provided with informative fliers focusing on extending the sunset for the tourism funding formula and highlighting tourism’s impact and importance.
U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.) introduced legislation July 16 to reauthorize Brand USA, a public-private partnership that enhances tourism across the country by promoting international travel to the United States. “America’s tourism industry supports thousands of jobs and contributes billions to our economy,” said
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
The Springfield Metro Partnership invites you to attend the 2019 Salute To Missouri Legislators Reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. Along with a buffet and beverages and music provided by the Missouri State University Jazz Symposium, this annual event is an opportunity to network with Missouri’s lawmakers and
Planning is underway for the 2019 Salute to Missouri Legislators set for Jan. 23 in Jefferson City. This annual reception is an opportunity to network with legislators and your Springfield peers just as the 2019 session gets underway. More information about registration will be available soon.