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Keeping in Touch with Tourism: Staff promote area through trade shows
Keeping in Touch with Tourism: Staff promote area through trade shows

Tourism Director Beth Wiles
Trade shows continue this month, and Tourism Bureau staff members will be marketing Pulaski County in Oklahoma, Kansas and St Louis at various outdoor sportsmen shows. The attendance numbers have been strong and we continue to hear the same message as last year that families are staying closer to home, generally within a five- to six-hour radius.

What makes Pulaski County an attractive vacation is our centralized location, closeness to other attractions and the affordability of taking the family on a float trip along the beautiful Big Piney or Gasconade Rivers. They can also enjoy our affordable museums.

The museums on Fort Leonard Wood offer loads of historical information from when Fort Leonard Wood was built to the history of the Military Police, Chemical Corps and Army Engineers. Visitors can walk through tunnels as our soldiers did in Vietnam, see a replica of a bridge builder, take aim with the simulator machine gun, or see displays of various chemical warfare items, military uniforms, and artillery. Admission is free, and the museums are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Missouri leaders hold an annual Tourism Capitol Days event from Feb. 25 to 26. At this event, we meet with legislators and visit about legislation and the importance of the tourism/hospitality industry in relation to economics. Tourism employs approximately 300,000 people in the state of Missouri and in 2007 brought the state $692.6 million in state tax revenue. For every $1 spent by the state of Missouri for advertising, Missouri receives a $2.99 return in state sales tax.

It's also important to remember that Tourism Bureau has a monetary fund available to assist non-profit event organizers with advertising costs for events held in Pulaski County. A meeting was held in January to explain the program. The forms for 2009 are located on our website, which can be found here:

www.visitpulaskicounty.org/Industry/partners.html

Also, as the county's tourism director, I want to mention again the importance of tourism-related businesses listing their attraction, restaurant, lodging or event on the VisitMo.com website. This is totally free! Those who need assistance or more information should not hesitate to contact Kris or Mitzi at the Tourism Bureau; both can be reached by calling 336-6355. Those interested may also go online to the Tourism Bureau's "Industry Partner" section of VisitMo.com to download a presentation on how to list their business.

We also urge readers not to forget that "special someone" on Feb. 14 by sending a candy or floral bouquet, giving a gift certificate for a spa day, taking them to the movies or dinner, buying a special gift at one of our gift shops. Please do not forget to tell them how important they are to you.

Contact information:
Beth Wiles, Executive Director
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau and Visitors Center
137 St. Robert Blvd.
St. Robert, MO 65584
Phone: (573) 336-6355 ext 104
Toll-Free: (877) 858-8687
E-mail: bethw@visitpulaskicounty.org
Internet site: www.visitpulaskicounty.org

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