Who needs Disney World when you have travel destinations like St. Louis, Kansas City, and Branson?!
Governor Mike Parson urged members of the state’s tourism industry to continue their work to promote Missouri as a travel destination, an effort that helped pump more than $17 billion into the state’s economy last year.
Governor Parson spoke at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Columbia where several hundred leaders from city and county tourism organizations gathered to discuss strategies to bring more visitors to the Show-Me State.
“Tourism continues to grow in Missouri and for good reason,” Governor Parson said. “We have a perfect mix of urban and rural attractions – scenic beauty, outdoor adventure, award-winning parks, first-rate museums, fantastic music, great food, and more – and the money visitors spend when they come to enjoy everything our state has to offer is essential to our economy.”
Missouri saw more than 42 million visitors in 2018. More than 300,000 Missouri residents are directly employed by tourism-related businesses.