Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Pitches Itself as Tourist Groups Convene at America's Center

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Pitches Itself as Tourist Groups Convene at America's Center

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A travel industry convention in St. Louis this week has local tourism officials and those from around the state hoping to get booked for national sightseeing.

The National Tour Association, whose members reach a combined 15 million travelers annually, is bringing more than 1,000 attendees to downtown St. Louis this week for its annual Trade Exchange. They represent tour providers and local tourism promoters foreign and domestic.

"When you see buses lined up outside the hotels downtown, it's because of economic activity groups like these are promoting," said Brian Hall, chief marketing officer for the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, better known as Explore St. Louis.

On Sunday, visitors were given tours of City Museum, Ballpark Village, the Anheuser-Busch brewery and other local landmarks. …

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