County Tourism Bureau and Visitors Center is a
non-profit organization, (501C6), funded through a 3% Guest Tax collected by hotels, motels, cabins, bed & breakfasts and vacation homes for room nights sold within the county.
We are the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for Pulaski County Missouri, organized for the sole purpose of promotion of tourism and the comprehensive marketing of our destination, in order to fuel the local business climate and broaden the local tax base. If you own a business in Pulaski County, visit our Partner page to learn how you can be involved and links to resources.
The revenue that we receive is used to market Pulaski County Missouri as a tourist destination in a variety of media outlets from internet marketing tools, print, radio, cable, billboards to tradeshow participation.
Our reach in marketing is much further out in order to obtain those overnight stays, with
aggressive campaigns that our local businesses are unable to fund on their own.
With this marketing comes servicing the tourists. Assisting them with information and resources, planning motor coach, group and reunion itineraries and collecting of information about our Pulaski County partners and events. The
Bureau also operates a state-of-the-art Visitors Center located north of Interstate 44, Exit 161.
Beth Wiles, CDME
(Certified Destination Management Executive)
Marketing Plan, Budget, Marketing Placement, Creative, Program Design, Legislative, Human Resource.
Recognized by the Destination Management Organization, (DMO) industry as its highest
educational achievement, CDME is an advanced educational program for experienced
DMO professionals seeking career advancement. Offered through Destination Marketing
International Association (DMAI) core curriculum includes Strategic Issues and Planning,
Marketing Plan and Budget Development, and Leadership Development. Additional required
courses consist of Advocacy, Sales, Community Branding, Partnerships, Economic Development,
Regional Planning, Sports Marketing, among others. The CDME program requires recertification
every 4 years.
Karen Hood, CTIS
(Certified Travel Industry Specialist)
Group Sales, bidding and itinerary creation. Graphic design, Partner sales.
The American Bus Association (ABA) created the Certified Travel Industry Specialist
(CTIS) Program to provide an opportunity for members of our industry to gain practical business
and industry-specific knowledge to build a strong business reputation for the industry. These
continuing education programs were created exclusively for the motorcoach and group travel
industry and extend the benefits of professional education past our industry shows and into
your business. ABA has partnered with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
(IUPUI). These rigorous, demanding but essential courses, designed exclusively for the
motorcoach and group tour industry, introduce new concepts in the industry and
expand professional and personal skills.
Laura Huffman - Social Media and Event Promotion Coordinator
Social media promotion, blog articles, graphic design, script writing, photography, media.
Katie Dreadfulwater - Visitors Center Representative
Day to day operations of the Visitors Center, Accounts Payable and Receivable, Gift Shop, Community Distribution and administrative duties.
Mitzi Sparks - Visitors Center Representative
Leads processing, Partner database, Reporting, Brochure Inventory, Outbound Visitors Guide Distribution and administrative duties
You may contact us by calling
Group Email firstname.lastname@example.org
1-573-336-6355 or toll free