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Lawmakers Asked to Allow Local Control of Lodging Tax

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 […]
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Tickets on Sale for CVB Awards Banquet

Tickets are on sale for the 2020 Salute to Travel and Tourism Awards banquet. That evening the Convention & Visitors Bureau is honoring Rick and Mary McQueary with the Pinnacle Award, which recognizes those who have made substantial contributions to the betterment of the Springfield area’s travel industry. The McQuearys played a significant role in […]
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Big Groups Coming to Springfield this Spring

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 […]
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Bass Pro Founder Honored by National Professional Anglers Association

The National Professional Anglers Association awarded top honors to several members of the professional angling community at its 2020 conference in January. Among them was a special category reserved for visionaries who have shaped the sportfishing industry’s past, present, and future. This year’s honoree is an exceptional leader in the outdoors and conservation, as well […]
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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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Welcome Our New Partners!

A variety of businesses advertise in Convention & Visitors Bureau publications, on the website and at the tourist information center and Expo Center. It’s a great way to reach out to visitors who are in the city for events, vacations and business. Businesses that recently partnered with the CVB include: Prehistoric Brewing Co. King’s Castle […]
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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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National Park Superintendent Retires

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield announced the retirement of longtime superintendent Theodore “Ted” Hillmer effective January 3. Hillmer, who retired after a 44-year career with the federal government, came to WICR as superintendent in 2003 and served in that position for 16 years. Hillmer earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Environmental Science/Civil Engineering from the University […]
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Register Now for Capitol Day for Tourism

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. […]
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Groups Sales Department Staff Represent Springfield at Trade Shows

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 […]
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