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Hotel Occupancy Shows a Third Consecutive Increase Over Past Week

May 7, 2020

STR data for 26 April through 2 May 2020 showed slightly higher U.S. hotel occupancy compared with previous weeks, but the same significant level of year-over-year decline in the three key performance metrics. In comparison with the week of 28 April through 4 May 2019, the industry recorded the following: Occupancy: -58.5% to 28.6% Average […]


The Top 5 Business Strategies Leaders Must Adopt During Times of Crisis

May 6, 2020

By Shelley Armato Entrepreneurs, business owners, and company leaders in every industry are living in a state of overwhelm right now. The rules of business have changed seemingly overnight, and many are struggling to adapt to the new normal of our current reality. The number of decisions business owners and leaders need to make daily […]


Have You Considered Adding a Backdrop to Your Virtual Meetings?

May 6, 2020

Looking to add more branding and professional qualities to your virtual meetings?  While companies are stuck meeting from home, Expressive Structures is enhancing digital gatherings by creating custom backdrops.  Thus, organizations can achieve a more high-quality, succinct virtual meetings and events. Expressive Structures can help unify events with custom branded backdrops that work in a […]


WE’RE OPEN: Echo Bluff State Park

May 5, 2020

As Missouri’s stay-at-home orderings lifted on May 4th, Echo Bluff State Park reopened its lodging, retail, and food operations in a limited capacity. The statement Echo Bluff issued on May 4th follows: “We take great pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene and have taken additional measures developed in consultation with State, […]


POWERplex Proposes Idea for Drive-in Graduations

May 1, 2020

The St. Louis POWERplex youth sports destination has proposed the idea of drive-in graduations to encourage physical distancing, while still allowing high school seniors to walk at graduation. According to POWERplex, these drive-in graduations will take place at the St. Louis Outlet Mall.  There will be a parking field that accommodates 800+ cars, student seating, the […]


Hotel Occupancy Rose Slightly This Week

April 30, 2020

Reflecting the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. hotel industry reported significant year-over-year declines in the three key performance metrics during the week of 19-25 April 2020, according to data from STR. In comparison with the week of 21-27 April 2019, the industry recorded the following: Occupancy: -62.2% to 26.0% Average daily rate […]


Publisher of MM&E Releases New Children’s, Law, and Healthcare Books

April 29, 2020

Publishing Concepts, LLC, publisher of Missouri Meetings & Events and the MEET family of publications, has welcomed three new authors. Theresa Bowe, founder of the Don’t Touch Me movement, nationally released an illustrated children’s book about a topic that is very common, but hard to talk about.  My Mommy’s Boyfriend introduces young children to the […]


Report Shows Hotels Require More PPP Loan Funding to Save Jobs

April 28, 2020

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) released a new report today showing the average small business hotel will require additional funding from SBA loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in order to rehire employees or prevent further layoffs and keep their business open. AHLA also sent an urgent letter today to Congress asking […]


Springfield CVB Launches Spring Travel Auction to to Benefit Hospitality Industry

April 22, 2020

Springfield CVB is introducing a new Spring Travel Auction to help its local hospitality industry through COVID-19.  More than 18,000 associates work a hospitality job Springfield, and many of them have already experienced reduced hours, furloughs, or layoffs. During National Travel & Tourism Week (May 3-9), people from around the Ozarks are invited to bid […]

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