Category Archives: Legislative

Legislative Priorities Set for 2016

The Missouri Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus and the Missouri Travel Council have identified legislative priorities for 2016. They are: increasing the Division of Tourism budget and protecting the Cooperative Marketing Program, a program for which destination marketing organizations can apply for matching funds for marketing initiatives; introducing legislation to establish a $3 million […]
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Division of Tourism Budget Goes to Senate Appropriations Committee This Week

The Missouri House of Representatives has approved a new state budget of more than $26.1 billion. The budget includes $21.4 million for the Division of Tourism, $1.125 million higher than the division budget recommended by Gov. Jay Nixon. The tourism budget increase was successfully pushed through by Rep. Lincoln Hough of Springfield during the House […]
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Proposed Rules on Signage Could Affect Local Attractions

A draft of proposed rule changes written by the Missouri Department of Transportation would affect requirements a private attraction must meet to participate in the Traffic Generator Signage Program. If the changes are adopted, at least 16 attractions in Missouri would be affected, including Dickerson Park Zoo/Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Fantastic Caverns and the Missouri Sports […]
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Governor Releases Funds For Tourism

Gov. Jay Nixon announced today he has released $2 million in funding for the Missouri Division of Tourism, which will be used to enhance the state’s tourism efforts and continue moving the state’s economy forward. With the release of this restriction, funding for tourism will have increased by more than $6.2 million for this fiscal […]
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You’re Invited to the Annual Salute to Missouri Legislators

The Springfield Metro Partnership invites you to attend the 2015 Salute To Missouri Legislators reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. January 28, 2015, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City Buffet and Beverages Music provided by Jerry Hoover and the Missouri State University – Jeff City Combo $40 per person · Bus transportation is available Please RSVP to […]
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Salute to Legislators Planning is Underway

Planning has begun for the 30th Annual Salute to Missouri Legislators set for 4:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. The reception is hosted by the Springfield Metro Partnership, a group of organizations working together to present a united front on legislative issues affecting Springfield and southwest Missouri. The group also […]
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Power of Travel Coalition Introduces Congressional Scorecard

A new resource designed to educate about the positions members of Congress are taking on key travel policies was recently launched by the Power of Travel Coalition. The Congressional Scorecard displays the stances of all representatives and senators on issues such as Brand USA reauthorization, the JOLT Act and whether they are members of their […]
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Bill to Grow International Tourism Passed by U.S. Representatives

Thanks to the “Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act,” the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau can continue efforts to attract international travelers to the city. The bipartisan bill, introduced by U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives July 22. It reauthorizes Brand USA, a public-private […]
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Committee Recommends $8.5 million Increase for Tourism

A conference committee appointed to work out differences between House and Senate versions of the FY15 budget settled on an increase of $8.5 million for the Missouri Division of Tourism, providing the division with its largest budget in nearly five years. In addition to the $8.5 million increase for tourism, the committee also approved a […]
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Ask Congress to Support Brand USA Reauthorization

The Power of Travel Coalition, a project of the U.S. Travel Association, is the grassroots army defending and strengthening the American travel community to enhance the economy and create jobs. The coalition is urging all with an interest in the travel industry to contact their U.S. legislators and encourage them to support reauthorization of Brand […]
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