Missouri legislators flipping for tourism
JEFFERSON CITY - Sikeston and Miner Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Pansy Glenn was one of the 60 tourism and travel representatives throughout the state who came to Jefferson City for Tourism Days to help continue educating Missouri lawmakers on the importance of the industry to the state.
Gov. Matt Blunt and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder led a series of speakers that addressed the group. Glenn also attended the joint meeting of the Senate and House Tourism Committees and heard the annual report on the Division of Tourism from Director Blaine Leutkemeyer.
"This great turnout showed once again that those in the industry are dedicated to making Missouri the best tourism destination in the United States," said Glenn.
The House Appropriations Committee for Economic Development has given initial approval to a $20.8 million budget for the Division of Tourism, the amount recommended by the governor. That is full funding the agency under the Tourism Supplemental Fund and a $2.9 million increase over the current agency budget. Final approval is expected to come this week.
After that, the proposed budget goes to the House Budget Committee for approval. An extension of the sunset date for the Tourism Supplemental Fund from 2010 to 2015 was approved by the House Special Committee on Tourism as a consent bill (HB205) and was placed on the House debate calendar.
The Sikeston and Miner Convention & Visitors Bureau has submitted a grant to the Missouri Division of Tourism for $51,857 of this, the states share will be $25,929.