Did you know that the Springfield area employs more than 18,000 in travel and tourism related fields? Did you know that Springfield welcomes more than 3 million overnight guests each year? What about this one...Did you know that Springfield generates nearly $100 million in hotel room sales alone each year?

These and other fun facts about the Springfield hospitality industry will be celebrated May 3-11, 2014 during National Travel & Tourism Week.  While the Springfield industry prides itself on its strong sense of hospitality and friendliness every day of the year, this week we want to make our guests feel extra special.

The Springfield CVB encourages its partners to consider going above and beyond that week to “Show SGF Hospitality.”  Perhaps that means giving a discount in your restaurant, attraction or gift shop. Maybe it means adding an extra amenity to the hotel guests’ experience that week. Whatever it is, we want to “Show SGF Hospitality” to our guests by making them feel appreciated and valued for what they bring to the Springfield community.

The Springfield CVB will be compiling a list of those businesses that plan to do something special for guests during that week and sharing it on the CVB blog and through its social channels. Please send what your businesses is doing to “Show SGF Hospitality” to Walter Watts at wwatts@springfieldmo.org or call 417-881-5300, ext. 109, for more information.

The Springfield CVB plans to “Show SGF Hospitality” by hosting a Travel Connections Mixer on Tuesday, May 6, from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Springfield-Branson National Airport. This event will celebrate the impact that Travel & Tourism has on the Springfield economy while providing an opportunity for those within the industry to network with their peers.  To RSVP for the event, contact Hubert Heck at hheck@springfieldmo.org or call 417-881-5300, ext. 100.

In addition, the Route 66 Springfield Visitor Center at 815 E. St. Louis St. (in the Jordan Valley Car Park) will offer snacks and beverages and a 25% discount on all Route 66 souvenirs that week.