Groovy Galas & Funky Functions: Your Missouri Meetings & Events Spring 2018 Regional Expo Saint Charles is the place to be!

Be there or be square! If you haven’t already registered for the 2018 Regional Expo Saint Charles, do so before it is too late! Join us April 16 and 17, 2018, at the state-of-the-art St. Charles Convention Center. Our theme this year is “Groovy Galas & Funky Functions”— we will focus on the different aspects […]

Continue reading >

Facility Focus: Ritz-Carlton Renovations: Soothing and Creative, Trendy and High-Tech: Amphitheater, meeting rooms, menus get makeovers

Article By Stacy Ross The Ritz-Carlton unveiled its $8.8 million renovation project at an event in November. Sue Hites was there and she was impressed. “The décor is beautiful,” said Hites, director of business development for accounting firm UHY. “It’s very modern. I love the blues and grays. It’s perfect for being up-to-date for 2018 […]

Continue reading >

Feature: Hotel Taxes and The Tourism Industry: Are Many Tangled Taxes Being Spent Wisely?

Article By Stacy Ross How are new and increasing taxes affecting the hotel industry? How does one make sense of the Byzantine sales tax systems, especially in St. Louis and Kansas City? Are tourism tax dollars being spent wisely? Let’s take a look. Last year, Kansas City passed a one-eighth cent increase to its sales […]

Continue reading >

Transportation Spotlight: Hyperloop – Business in the Really fast lane

Article By Astrid Zeppenfield Back in May of 2015, CNN asked: “Why can’t America have high-speed trains?”. The article from May 4, 2015, concluded that, with the geography of this country being so vast, it does not lend itself to building an extensive rail system, except for in populated areas; think major East or West […]

Continue reading >

Industry Spotlight: Hotel Industry Fighting Back Against Airbnb: Associations Lobbying State, Local Officials for Level Playing Field

Article by Stacy Ross As Airbnb and similar businesses continue to grow, their popularity with the public is causing heartburn for some in the hotel industry. Airbnb is the 800-pound gorilla of what the industry calls STRs or short-term rentals. Other popular sites include Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO) and HomeAway, which are both owned […]

Continue reading >