Gov. Jay Nixon announced today that tourism records were set in Fiscal Year 2016.
Citing figures from the FY16 annual impact report by Tourism Economics, a division of Oxford Economics, more than 41.7 million people visited the state, a 3.2 percent increase from the previous record of 40.4 million in Fiscal Year 2015. Nixon also said the tourism industry had a $16.5 billion economic impact on the state, up from $15.9 billion the previous fiscal year; tourism-related spending increased to $13.1 billion, up from $12.4 billion; and tourism-related employment increased to 307,937 jobs, up from 297,129.
In Springfield, records also are expected to be set in calendar year 2016. Through October, the most recent numbers available, room demand was at 1,128,696, a 4.1 percent increase over the same period in 2015, and room sales were at $92,033,180, 6.2 percent over the same period last year.
See more Springfield statistics below and call the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 417-881-5300 or 800-678-8767 if you have questions.