ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- More than 21 million people visit St. Louis every year. The Convention and Visitors Commission is taking a step to attract even more tourists and conventions to St. Louis. The C.V.C. has created a new position to aggressively attract big national meetings.
Maureen Hare has been hired for the job. She said, “The hospitality in St. Louis is second to none. All I heard was the people the people the people. Now we all have places but it’s the people that make the destination.”
Hare has worked in other Midwest cities in convention and tourism. She says she has connections in the corporate world with groups like drug companies and she and hopes to bring them here for meetings. Visitors to St. Louis spend about $3.4 billion a year. The money is spent at hotels and restaurants and area attractions.
Hare said companies are still tight with a dollar these days because of the economy and St. Louis provides a good deal for conventioneers. She said, “They want a site that is easily walkable, which have, a great destination for art, culture and history which we have, but the price value is critical too and that’s one message St. Louis needs to get out in the community."