NEWS From the Office of
Representative Kathryn Swan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 12, 2013
CONTACT:Representative Kathryn Swan
Swan announces state award for
Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Rep. Kathryn Swan, (R-Cape Girardeau) has announced that the Missouri Division of Tourism has awarded $37,005 to the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau to help fund qualified, performance-driven projects designed to increase visitation to Cape Girardeau county. The local organization will match each dollar of state funding with a dollar of local funds.
Tourism continues to rank as one of the most important revenue and job producing industries in Missouri, creating more than 281,000 jobs. Missouri's 6 million residents welcome more than 36 million visitors annually. With an $11 billion dollar economic impact, and a $627 million impact on state tax revenue, tourism is a dynamic component of economic development. The travel industry has a broad footprint in Missouri because it is comprised of a diverse group of businesses found in every county in the state. The money that visitors spend while in Missouri produces business receipts at these firms, in turn employing Missouri residents and paying their wages and salaries.
State and local government units benefit from travel as well.
The state government collects taxes on the gross receipts of businesses operating in the state, as well as sales and use taxes levied on the sale of goods and services to travelers. Local governments also collect sales and use taxes generated from traveler purchases.
These Cooperative Marketing funds may be used for media advertising, as well as a variety of other approved tourism marketing and promotional activities designed to attract additional visitors and boost visitor spending in Missouri.
For more information on the Cooperative Marketing Program, contact the Division of Tourism, Cooperative Marketing team at (573) 751-3246 or (573) 526-1551.