Commission & Associations

    Missouri Tourism Commission

    In 1967, Missouri’s 74th General Assembly created the state’s Tourism Commission and the Division of Tourism to promote and lead the travel industry in Missouri.

    The Missouri Tourism Commission elects a chair, meets at least four times in a calendar year at the call of the chair, and determines all matters relating to policy and administration of tourism promotion.

    Travel is vital to the Show-Me State, contributing more than $12.6 billion in taxable sales in the 45 tourism-related NAICS codes and employing more than 300,000 people in FY20.

    Commission meeting agendas and minutes from previous meetings are available by contacting Jadrien Bopp at

    Members of the Missouri Tourism Commission

    • Mr. Scott Hovis, Jefferson City, Chairman
    • Lt. Governor Michael Kehoe, Jefferson City, Vice-chair
    • Sen. Lincoln Hough, R-Springfield
    • Sen. John Rizzo, D-Independence
    • Rep. Brad Hudson, R-Cape Fair
    • Rep. Richard Brown, D-Kansas City
    • Ms. Jennifer Blair Dowdney, Osage Beach
    • Mr. Joseph S. Passanise, Rogersville
    • Ms. Jeanette Prenger, Kansas City
    • Mr. Kurt Witzel, St. Louis

    Upcoming Commission Meetings

    • March 11, 2024 – Jefferson City
    • June 10, 2024 – Webex
    • October 16, 2024 – North Kansas City (during Governor’s Conference on Tourism)
    • December 9, 2024 – Webex

    Missouri Tourism Associations

    Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri

    Missouri Arts Council

    Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies

    Missouri Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus

    Missouri Association of Fairs and Festivals

    Missouri Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds

    Missouri Horse Council

    Missouri Hotel and Lodging Association

    Missouri Humanities Council

    Missouri Restaurant Association

    Missouri Gaming Association

    Missouri Travel Alliance

    CVBs, Chambers and Associations

    Missouri’s chambers of commerce, CVBs and tourism-related organizations offer a variety of information and resources about their specific areas. Tourism partners from these organizations offer expert advice about group travel opportunities in their respective areas.

    Stakeholder Update

    The Missouri Division of Tourism (MDT) hosted Missouri Tourism Road Shows throughout the state in February and March of 2022. The meetings were held to discuss the significant impact of tourism in our communities and provide an update on how the division is working to promote Missouri as a premier travel destination. Below you will find a link to the road show presentation.