tourism http://kbia.org en Convention Center issue not dead in Jefferson City http://kbia.org/post/convention-center-issue-not-dead-jefferson-city <p>Although two proposals for a new Jefferson City convention center were voted down at the city council meeting in early April, the issue is not completely dead.</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:07:10 +0000 Kyle Norris 52088 at http://kbia.org Convention Center issue not dead in Jefferson City Air Service Revenue Guarantee fund remains untapped http://kbia.org/post/air-service-revenue-guarantee-fund-remains-untapped <p>The City of Columbia announced on Thursday that January revenue for Columbia Regional Airport meant American Airlines would not require payment from the Air Service Revenue Guarantee fund for the eleventh month in a row.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:36:22 +0000 Rikki-Lee Burley 48660 at http://kbia.org Air Service Revenue Guarantee fund remains untapped Boonville Tourists May Pay More in the Near Future http://kbia.org/post/boonville-tourists-may-pay-more-near-future <p>Boonville tourists may soon spend more money on their visits.</p><p>That's because the city wants to increase its lodging tax from 4 % to 5 %.&nbsp; That&nbsp; move will add an additional $40,000 to the tourism fund for next year.</p><p>A lodging tax is applied only to those who spend the night in a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, or campground in Boonville city limits.</p><p>Representative Lisa McClary of the Boonville Tourism Commission said she knows how the money will be spent.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 21:39:41 +0000 Sara Maslar-Donar 42467 at http://kbia.org Boonville Tourists May Pay More in the Near Future Mo. state prison's maintenance blues http://kbia.org/post/mo-state-prisons-maintenance-blues <p>As a 5-piece band wound its way through an acoustic set of music, guests slowly shuffled into the “Inside the Walls” festival at the Missouri State Penitentiary. To the southwest, the main entrance to the prison towered over the festival.</p><p>Charles Vaughan used to live in a house across the street. He remembers the 1954 riots, which were the worst in the history of the penitentiary. Vaughan remembers his dad and brother were on top of a nearby building with guns.</p><p>“There was a big fire going on," he said. "My mom was keeping me in the house which upset me because I wanted to get on the roof and my mom was piling furniture right in front of the front door.”</p><p>But now the penitentiary looks much lonelier. Its paint peels. Some of its buildings have been torn down. In fact — of those that remain, some parts are even off limits to tours – this is due to a process Steve Picker calls “demolition by neglect.” He’s the former executive director of the Jefferson City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.</p><p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 22:08:26 +0000 Lukas Udstuen 22231 at http://kbia.org Mo. state prison's maintenance blues After GSA scandal and cancellation, Missouri hotels scrambling to fill over 11,000 rooms http://kbia.org/post/after-gsa-scandal-and-cancellation-missouri-hotels-scrambling-fill-over-11000-rooms A scandal that erupted in April over<a href="http://www.gsaig.gov/?LinkServID=90537F5B-FBF8-E39E-A4F0D09005742C28&showMeta=0"> lavish spending by the General Services Administration</a>, the government&#39;s logistics provider, is leaving hotels in St. Louis scrambling to fill rooms.<p>The GSA&#39;s <a href="http://www.govenergy.com/Index.aspx">GovEnergy conference</a> was scheduled to start August 19. Attendees had booked more than 11,000 hotel rooms over the three days. But the agency informed the St. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 13:22:29 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 17908 at http://kbia.org Hotel tax would help fund airport expansion http://kbia.org/post/hotel-tax-would-help-fund-airport-expansion <p>Out-of-town visitors may soon have to pay more to stay in a Columbia hotel. &nbsp;The Missouri House of Representatives approved a measure by a voice vote this week allowing the city to charge an additional three percent tax on hotel stays.</p><p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 14:25:34 +0000 Katherine Biek 10175 at http://kbia.org Hotel tax would help fund airport expansion