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Thursday, April 27, 2023

6 p.m., White River Conference Center

Springfield, Missouri

We're raising a glass and toasting to the very best in Springfield's tourism industry! Join us for an evening celebrating the vital industry tourism is to our community and the individuals and organizations who make Springfield one of the best places to visit!

In honor of our Tracy Kimberlin Pinnacle Award Winner, Mike Crocker, all proceeds will benefit Friends of the Zoo! 

Early Pricing (through April 6)

Single Ticket: $75     •     Reserved Table of eight: $550

Regular Pricing (April 7-27)

Single Ticket: $90    •     Reserved Table of eight: $700

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What to expect:

Staying true to our industry's style, come ready to celebrate! We'll have food, drink tickets (two per person in fact!), entertainment guests and fun! 

Dress is classy, but not formal!

Interested in sponsoring the event? Contact Ashley Clair at or 417-881-5300 ext. 117.

2023 Springfield's Toast to Tourism Award Recipients

The Tracy Kimberlin Pinnacle Award - Mike Crocker, executive director at Dickerson Park Zoo

For individuals who have been active in the travel industry for many years and made substantial contributions to the betterment of the Springfield area’s travel industry. 

The Diplomat Award - State Rep. Stephanie Hein

Presented to a government official, organization or employee who has provided significant support to the Springfield area travel industry.

The Ambassador Award - Bass Pro Tournament of Champions

For individuals or organizations that generated significant economic impact for the area by working to encourage tourism or secure a major convention or event in Springfield.

The Spotlight Award - Michael Spyres, world-famous opera tenor and artistic director for Ozarks Lyric Opera

Presented to an individual, business or organization not usually considered part of the travel and tourism industry for noteworthy contributions in advancing travel and tourism in the Springfield area. 

The Hospitality Award - History Museum on the Square

Presented to an attraction, lodging facility or restaurant which demonstrates outstanding hospitality to the traveling public and exhibits a team spirit in promoting the growth of Springfield area travel and tourism.

This program is brought to you by the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, a destination marketing organization dedicated to driving the local economy through growth in travel and tourism.

Thank you to the sponsors of the 2023 Salute to Travel & Tourism. 




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 Springfield-Greene County Park Board Logo       White River Conference Center Logo


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Downhome Productions     Oasis Hotel & Convention Center  O'Reilly Hospitality Logo
Silver Dollar City    Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium logo   Elliott Lodging


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MEET Missouri Magazine     Central Bank & Trust
Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce     Locke and Stache
Great Southern Bank     Springfield-Branson National Airport
Show-Me Missouri Magazine    Revel Advertising