Governor’s Conference on Tourism

    About

    When: October 4-6, 2022

    Where: Chase Park Plaza

    Questions? Please contact Jadrien.Bopp@ded.mo.gov.

    The Missouri Governor’s Conference on Tourism is an annual conference that features a strong line-up of expert speakers, as well as exciting social events to enhance your networking opportunities with top leaders and innovators.

    Join us at the 2022 Conference, held at Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, October 4-6.

    Reserve your room here.

    Interested in being a sponsor? View our Sponsorship Opportunities here.


    Wrap a child in warmth this winter with a donation to our 2021 Governor’s Conference “giving back” project.

    Click here for more information.


    Registration

    Registration is now open.


    Agenda

    More information coming soon.

    Tuesday, October 4

    10 am – 5 pm

    Registration

    10 am – 5 pm

    Exhibitor Trade Show Opens

    Visit with business professionals and service providers who help support the tourism industry.

    10:30 am – 12:30 pm

    MACVB Board Meeting (invitation only)

    TBD – 5 pm

    Explore St. Louis sponsored tour

    Information coming soon.

    *Pre-registration may be required.

    TBD – TBD

    Welcome Reception

    Information coming soon.

    Wednesday, October 5

    7:30 am – 5 pm

    Exhibitor Trade Show

    Visit with business professionals and service providers who help support the tourism industry.

    8 am – 6 pm

    Registration

    8 am – 9 am

    Breakfast

    9 am – 10:15 am

    Keynote: Grit, Grace, & Gratitude: How to Thrive During Tough Times

    Speaker: Dr. Tim Crowley

    10:15 am – 10:45 am

    Break and Exhibitor Trade Show

    10:45 am – 11:30 am

    Breakout: Leadership That Stinks

    Speaker: Dr. Tim Crowley, Motivational Speaker & Leadership Expert

    10:45 am – 11:30 am

    Breakout: Photography Session

    Speaker: Aaron Fuhrman, Photographer, Missouri Division of Tourism

    11:30 am – 11:35 am

    5 Minute Break

    General Session: Journalist Panel

    Moderator:

    Cat Neville, VP of Communications, Explore St. Louis

    Friday, October 15

    7:30 am – 5 pm

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    Speakers

    More information coming soon.

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    Sponsorship

    There are multiple opportunities to make your mark this year. Click below for sponsorship details.

    Current Sponsors


    Award Nominations

    Nominations are closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination.

    The Governor’s Conference on Tourism Awards are open to DMOs, tourism attractions, lodging, restaurants, festivals/events, publications and other entities contributing to the tourism industry in Missouri. Entries should demonstrate exemplary customer service, initiative and have positively influenced the tourism industry.

    Missouri Tourism Hall of Fame
    The Hall of Fame Award recognizes individuals whose long-term (minimum of 10 years) contributions have significantly and measurably impacted the tourism industry in Missouri.

    Sen. Emory Melton Legislative Award
    This award honors those legislators and tourism industry members who work closely with the legislative process in support of the tourism industry. These individuals recognize the value of tourism to the state and work to ensure the industry continues to flourish.

    Marketing Campaign Award
    This award acknowledges achievement in effective, integrated marketing campaigns. Campaigns that led to increased visitation, expenditures and sales tax revenue through one or more channels such as electronic, broadcast, social media, print, direct mail and public relations are eligible for nomination.

    Pathfinder Award
    This award recognizes marketers aiming for niche markets and hitting the target. These trailblazers are showing the rest of the industry where to find new markets and how best to reach them.

    Innovator Award
    The Innovator Award pays tribute to those smaller tourism entities that achieved great results with small budgets. These can-do destinations and attractions increased visitation, traveler spending or tax revenues.

    Navigator Media Award
    These media outlets turn the spotlight on Missouri tourism and the importance it plays in our state’s economy. The Navigator Media Award recognizes broadcast, print and electronic media that have supported and promoted tourism with stories and images that both inform and entice.

    Rising Star Award
    The Rising Star Award is presented to an individual who has made great advancements to an organization’s tourism efforts despite the length of their tenure (less than 5 years or having recently transitioned to a new role).

    Hospitality Award
    Presented to an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated remarkable customer service, the Hospitality Award honors those who have positively impacted every visitor encountered. It is this effort, completed naturally with the visitor experience in mind, that enhances the overall experience in Missouri.


    Covid-19 Precautions

    This Governor’s Conference will follow all recommended city of Branson and Chateau on the Lake guidelines and protocols regarding safety for participants, vendors and staff. We’ll keep you updated if there are any significant changes.