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Let Travel Have a Positive Effect on You

Several MACVB attendees arrived early for a service project in Joplin.

I just returned from Joplin where I joined energetic, enthusiastic and authentic tourism leaders at the Missouri Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus Annual Conference. The individuals working at CVBs across our state have passion for people that correlates with their passion for travel and tourism. Those of us working in this industry don’t need to talk about the eye-opening, ... Read More »

Book Tour Offers Insights on America

The National Churchill Museum in Fulton

Editor’s note: This post appeared on The Weekly Standard’s website; a portion is reprinted here with permission of the author, Cita Stelzer. You learn a lot about America and its people on a book-signing tour. I’ve been around the country signing copies of my new book about Winston Churchill, giving talks about the “greatest Briton of all time” and how ... Read More »

Top 10 ‘Must Do’s’ at Lake of the Ozarks This Summer

Enjoy the thrill of boating on Lake of the Ozarks

  The Lake of the Ozarks is known for summer fun! Whether it is on the water or on land there are lots of fun “Must Do’s” at the Lake. Many people think of the Lake and assume you must have a boat to have fun. It is actually just the opposite. Well, let me rephrase that … yes, having ... Read More »

Ride Through History With Route 66 Exhibit

Learn more Route 66 history with a special exhibit at History Museum on the Square in Springfield.

A Route 66 exhibit titled “Woodruff’s Dream: The Mother Road Through Springfield” is on display at The History Museum on the Square, 155 Park Central Square, in Springfield. The museum is open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; the exhibit runs through Aug. 31. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for children; and free for ages 2 and younger and ... Read More »

Fall, Fog and Lights

Fall Color over Mississippi

The judging is complete and it’s time to formally announce the winners of the Missouri Division of Tourism’s PictureMO contest, conducted as part of our recently established Flickr photo group. The PictureMO group began earlier this year with two goals in mind: to showcase the talents of Missouri’s shutterbugs and to help build the Division of Tourism’s photo library. Winners ... Read More »

Columbia is Exactly What You Unexpect

sparkys ice cream

Time and time again, visitors are delightfully surprised by what Columbia has to offer. From picturesque parks and clever cuisine to amazing art and superb shopping, visitors find Columbia is ‘more than a college town’ and ‘surprisingly sophisticated.’ We like to think of Columbia as a cool neighborhood in a big city, with a young vibe, an active buzz and ... Read More »

Tourism Matters in Missouri

Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City

Tourism matters. That’s something you likely hear from Missouri’s dedicated tourism professionals when you ask them about the travel industry in the Show-Me State, but it’s more than a catch phrase or something that’s chanted at industry meetings. It’s a simple statement of fact. In Missouri, and across our nation, tourism really does matter. That’s part of the reason it’s ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, President Truman

Buck Stops Here on Truman Desk

President Harry Truman loved all things history and anything to do with his adopted hometown of Independence, Missouri. To honor his memory, the historic tourism attractions of Independence celebrate his birthday on Saturday, May 4 – which coincides with the start of National Travel and Tourism week. Echoing the famous slogan on a sign that sat on his desk which ... Read More »

Enjoy the Season: Spring is Festival Time in Springfield

ArtsFest is one of the spring season's most popular events in Springfield.

Spring means it’s time for festivals and other outdoor events in Springfield. First up is ArtsFiesta!, a celebration of Mexican arts and culture on May 3. This year, ArtsFiesta! takes place on Park Central Square and coincides with the popular First Friday Art Walk. The free event features authentic mariachi music, traditional Mexican dancing, live entertainment, bilingual storytelling and displays ... Read More »

Spring Capers in Cape Girardeau

Bridge at Spring

Cabin fever getting you down? Restless and need to get away? Make plans for a springtime getaway to Cape Girardeau. With excellent local shops found throughout Cape Girardeau, you’re sure to find treasures galore. Featuring local gift emporiums, home décor shops, specialty boutiques and a thriving antiquing district, Cape Girardeau is bursting with unique places to peruse; everyone will ask ... Read More »