MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD
Hello, I’m Cori Day and it is my pleasure to serve as the President of Missouri Travel Council’s Board of Directors. This is an exciting time as our Board actively continues to explore and develop new ways to better serve our members, bringing vitality and growth to our organization.
Throughout my career, from my first job at a hotel in Columbia to my current position as Vice President of Sales and Services for Visit KC, I have been a proud member of Missouri Travel Council and have learned so much from being a part of this wonderful organization. The contacts that I’ve made have been integral in advancing my tourism career.
Missouri Travel Council is on the move and we would love to have you join us as a valued member and partner!
Benefits of membership in Missouri Travel Council include:
1) Relationships: Tourism is a relationship business. You’ll have ample opportunities for quality networking with travel and tourism professionals from all across Missouri that can serve as invaluable resources and sounding boards.
2) Sales Opportunities: At Missouri Travel Council’s sales events, you’ll build and develop relationships with new and existing customers. You can also book business at any one of our quality sales marketing events, such as Bank Travel Exchange, Missouri Event Summit (formerly Joint Meeting Planners Trade Show) and the Leisure Travel Trade Show at the Missouri State Fair. Our sales events mean stronger customer relationships and an increase in your company’s bottom line. The cost savings between what a member pays to attend Bank Travel Exchange as compared to a non-member is $140. That savings alone covers a significant portion of your membership dues.
3) Legislative Advocacy: We’re a strong legislative voice. As a state agency, the Missouri Division of Tourism cannot legally advocate for itself before the Missouri General Assembly. We have taken a successful grass-roots approach to educating our state legislators about the importance of tourism. Missouri’s travel industry creates jobs, tax revenue and economic development. The greater the Division of Tourism’s marketing efforts, more visitors come to Missouri, which benefits all of us. More people spending nights in our hotels, eating in our restaurants, visiting our attractions, shopping in our stores, etc. We advocate for strong funding for the Missouri Division of Tourism, for legislative initiatives that will benefit our industry and against legislation that potentially could have a negative impact on our industry. Capitol Days for Tourism provides you with the perfect opportunity to meet with your state representatives and senator to let them know the impact that tourism has on your organization and on your community as a whole.
4) Professional Development: Missouri Travel Council offers two education workshops each year that provide invaluable information on a variety of tourism industry specific topics. These workshops also provide the perfect setting for invaluable networking opportunities.
5) Ongoing Communication: You’ll stay informed as Missouri Travel Council provides a weekly members-only e-newsletter. The e-newsletter provides you with insight into upcoming Missouri Travel Council events, interesting articles, weekly legislative updates, links of interest and more. We’re also just weeks away from launching a new website designed to better meet the various needs of our diverse membership.
6) Credibility: In existence since 1962, Missouri Travel Council is well-respected as Missouri’s oldest grassroots tourism organization. Members of Missouri Travel Council are valuable and visible parts of Missouri’s tourism team; a team comprised of all entities involved in tourism – from smaller family-owned operations to larger corporate entities – including lodging, attractions, shopping, casinos, houseboat rentals, marinas, associations, CVBs, Chambers, government, campgrounds, restaurants, wineries, communications, media, public relations, travel agencies, tour operators, receptive operators, transportation, miscellaneous firms and individuals.