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International Marketing Could Come to an End for Springfield

Funding for the organization that promotes the United States as a travel destination is on the chopping block in President Donald Trump’s federal budget. That’s bad news for the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau’s international marketing programs, said Tracy Kimberlin, president/CEO of the CVB. Eliminating Brand USA would eliminate all of Springfield’s marketing efforts to […]
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CVB Sales Reps Attending Trade Shows to Meet Planners

Members of the CVB’s Sales Department attend a variety of trade shows and other events across the country to meet and network with meeting planners. The goal is to develop relationships that result in events being booked in the city. Recent and upcoming events attended by staff include: Bank Travel Marketplace Christian Meetings & Conventions […]
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Welcome These Groups to the City!

A variety of groups will be in Springfield over the next couple months, including several that are big enough the attendees are booking rooms at hotels throughout the city. Large groups coming to Springfield soon are: June 9-12 – United Methodist Church Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church, 1,500 attendees, 2,425 room nights June […]
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State of the Airport Presentation Set for May 25

Springfield-Branson National Airport will present a state of the airport program at 3:30 p.m. May 25 at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Among the highlights: Officials indicate there’s a good chance the airport will break the 1 million passenger mark this year, an impressive milestone, but also evidence of our region’s vibrant economy. A […]
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Legislative Update

The 2017 legislative session ended May 12 with a budget of $20,948,443 approved by the House and Senate for the Missouri Division of Tourism’s FY 18 budget. If Gov. Eric Greitens approves the amount, it is about $5 million less than the division’s original FY 17 budget, from which $4.5 million was later withheld. A […]
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CVB Helps You Market to Visitors

It’s not too early to place an ad in the 2018 Visitors Guide! Sales are underway for the annual publication along with the CVB’s website, displays at the Route 66 Springfield Information Center and at the airport. Please join us in welcoming our new advertisers, Friends Karaoke Pub and Honda of the Ozarks. For information […]
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MoDOT Plans Meeting to Inform Public of Route 65 Construction Project

People interested in the Route 65 reconstruction project are encouraged to attend a public meeting from 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 23. The come-and-go style meeting will be at the MoDOT Southwest District Office, 3025 E. Kearney St. MoDOT officials and contractor representatives will be on hand to share details about when traffic impacts can […]
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Help Springfield Win Best Food Town in the Midwest

Springfield is in the running to be named a “Greatest Midwest Town” for food by “Midwest Living” magazine and you could help the city achieve that honor by voting daily at http://bit.ly/2pWlMpW. In all, 12 cities are on the slate and we want Springfield to win! Not only will the city’s amazing food scene get […]
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Reception Planned in Recognition of CVB Staff

Staff changes are in the works at the CVB, including the retirement at the end of June of Karen Smith, finance/administration manager and resignation of Laura Whisler, vice president, who is planning to stay home with her children. Please join us from 4-6 p.m. May 23 at Cantina Laredo, 4109 S. National Ave., to bid […]
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Don’t Miss This Educational Workshop

Have you signed up for the Missouri Travel Council workshop set for 9:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. May 18 at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton? Developing a Winning Sales and Marketing Plan will feature a panel of professionals discussing the importance and interaction of brand identity, marketing, promotion and sales at all different levels – state, […]
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