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BrandUSA Marketing Opportunities - MDT Meeting


Since 2013, the Missouri Division of Tourism has been participating in Brand USA’s comprehensive cooperative marketing programs to drive international travel to our state. Danielle Campana with Brand USA and Debi Saldana with Miles Media will be conducting an information session on May 22nd at the Harry S Truman Building (Room 510). Join MDT to learn about the newest promotions coming from Brand USA and how these programs could fit into your marketing plans.  The meeting will last approximately two hours and you will be provided a catalog of programs for your consideration.  The program elements are open for participation by Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO's) and private tourism businesses.

What: BrandUSA Marketing Opportunities

Date: May 22, 2024

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Harry S Truman (301 W. High) Room 510

Please RSVP to Megan Sheets at 573-522-5501 or by email


Business Disaster Assessment


In the wake of last night's severe storm, that left widespread damage to many businesses, the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Pulaski County Office of Emergency Management to conduct a comprehensive business disaster assessment. The goal of this initiative is to gauge the extent of damage suffered by local businesses and to provide resources to facilitate recovery efforts.

"We understand the immense challenges that our local businesses are facing in the aftermath of last night's storm," said Executive Director Cecilia Murray. "Our priority is to ensure that affected businesses receive the support they need. By partnering with the Pulaski County Office of Emergency Management, we aim to streamline the assessment process and expedite the delivery of assistance to those in need."

All Waynesville and St. Robert business owners (membership not required) are urged to participate in the assessment by completing the form,, on the extent of damage incurred and the specific assistance required.

Be aware of disaster fraud, it is common to see people come into a community after a disaster occurs.  Scam attempts can be made over the phone, by mail, email, text or in person.  For tips to protect yourself visit

For more information, please contact the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber at (573) 336-5121 or email



Showcase your Restaurant at the Waynesville-St Robert Chamber's Largest Community event!


PR: Waynesville-St Robert Area Chamber of Commerce

The Waynesville – St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce would like to invite Pulaski County restaurants to participate in this year's Taste of Pulaski County. Instead of having a one day event, we would like to encourage our community to bring business to your establishment. This event will run from March 4- April 15, 2024.

We are creating a “Taste of Pulaski County Passport” that can be purchased for $5 each. Participating restaurants will be listed in the booklet with restaurant logo, contact information, and discount or special that will be provided during the duration of the event. The passports can be taken to participating restaurants and receipts will act as their stamps. Upon completion of the event, passports can be returned with receipts to the Chamber and be entered into a drawing to win gift cards to participating restaurants. Multiple winners will be drawn and a grand prize drawing will be held for anyone that fills their passport.

We would like to encourage all area restaurants to take part in this family oriented event, both Chamber members and non-members. Registration fees to participate in this event are as follows: Chamber members - $25 gift card to your business. Non-members, $50 plus a $25 gift card to your business. The gift cards will be utilized as prizes for those who turn in passports upon completion of the event. In addition to being listed in the passport, restaurants will be listed on the Pocketsights web site with their contact information, Taste of Pulaski County event web site, and on the Chamber social media sites.

The deadline to register and have your restaurant’s information printed in the Passport is February 15, 2024.

Member Form

Non-Member Form

Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling the office at (573) 336-5121 or email


2024 Cost Share Grants - Route 66 Corridor Preservation program


The National Park Service, Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is pleased to announce that the 2024 cost-share grant season is now open. Eligible grant activities include preservation planning, National Register nominations, preservation and rehabilitation work on eligible historic sites, and/or research and educational outreach initiatives.  

The application period is open now through April 19, 2024. Full details are available here: (Funding Opportunity No: P24AS00251)

The cost-share grant program is established for Fiscal Year 2024 only and is subject to revision or cancellation in future years based on annual congressional or programmatic appropriations and priorities. Grant applications are considered on a competitive basis. It is estimated that successful applicants will be notified on or before May 30, 2024; project work cannot begin until a grant agreement is in place, typically on or before September 15, 2024.

For more information: Kaisa Barthuli, Program Manager - Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, National Trails National Park Service Ph: 505-988-6701 Email:



MCFA Annual Convention & Tradeshow


The Missouri Canoe and Floaters Association (MCFA) Board of Directors are excited to announce that MCFA Annual Convention and Trade Show is being held 26 –  28 February 2024 at the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center, Springfield, MissouriMark your calendar to attend this must attend state wide event tailored just for outfitters and outdoor recreation providers and staff.

The focus of this year’s annual convention includes: fun-filled, profit-inspiring, networking opportunities, education sessions, roundtable discussions, networking events and a two day trade show with  one-stop shopping convenience hosting the best outdoor vendors in the industry.The Oasis Hotel has a block of room for MCFA convention attendees offering sleeping rooms at $104.00 per night plus tax for reservations made before 02/07/24. For reservations call the Hotel reservation desk at 417-866-5253.  To be added to the notification list regarding the  2024  MCFA convention agenda and registration call Larry Helms, VP MCFA - Cell (573) 337-0543





The Naturally Meramec Consortium are looking to hold the next meeting on Tuesday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Meramec Regional Planning Commission meeting room in St. James.  To better accommodate members, this meeting will also be available on zoom and will be recorded and posted for those who are unavailable to attend.  We want to emphasize the importance of attending this meeting to assess member needs and plan future activities that require input and feedback. We are planning on discussing:

We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting on January 23! Please continue to send me any events or things you want to promote on our facebook page or the NMC website.  I will send out a formal meeting invite with zoom details for January 23 early next week. 

Orin Pogue

Community Development Specialist

Meramec Regional Planning Commission

4 Industrial Drive

St. James, MO 65559

(573) 265-2993 ext. 149


Sports Feasibility Discussion


Meeting with Hunden Partners on Wednesday, January 10 at 9 a.m.  Meeting will be held at the 9th Grade Center Lecture Hall at Waynesville High School.  This meeting will also be available on zoom.  If you plan on attending in-person or via zoom, please contact Orin Pogue, Community Development Specialist, Meramec Regional Planning Commission (573) 265-2993 ext. 149 or email;


Preserve Route 66 Legacy Business Grant Fund

Nov. 15, 2023

This newly launched fund provides financial support to businesses to preserve historic places and spur economic development along the Route 66 corridor, with an emphasis on projects that illuminate the narratives of communities whose places and stories have been historically underrepresented.  Learn More


September 13, 2023





2024 Pulaski County Events Request

Dear Pulaski County Event Planner,

The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is seeking events for a complimentary listing in the FY24 Visitors Guide! 


Have details about your event ready and get them submitted now!

  • Name of event
  • Brief description of event and entity hosting
  • Website or Facebook Event link
  • Event organizer name:
  • Phone Number
  • Email
  • Admission Cost: If Free, insert Free.  If there will be a cost, but unknown, insert TBD
  • Venue: Location of your event
  • Date/s
  • Time: Start and end time. (Estimate if not finalized)

(2024 event submissions will be adjusted in the future to include finalized itineraries, flyers, etc. As planning progresses and when notifications from event planners are received by staff.)


Simply go to, Click on Events, Event Submission and complete the form or click the submission form here →


Your event submission will be reviewed for eligibility for inclusion in the FY24 Visitors Guide, with the top 15 events being listed with the following criteria. Eligible events must take place in Pulaski County Missouri, open to the general public, draw tourists from other states or encourage tourist visitation more than 50 miles outside of Pulaski, and events that are 6 hours or more in length. If submissions exceed the space available, events will be rated on the following basis:

  • Multi Day Events
  • Potential for overnight stays
  • Not for profit entities
  • If a single date event, length of event
  • Original event submission date


The Pulaski County Visitors Guides are used to fulfill requests for additional information from our marketing efforts, distributed at trade shows, Visitors Centers throughout Missouri, at Command/Newcomer’s Orientation for inbound service members, and in a variety of Pulaski County businesses. 


Events will also be considered for additional FY24 marketing promotions and investments, in addition to our opportunities within the Event Planner Promotion Program.


Event submissions to be considered for listing in the 2024 Pulaski County Visitor Guide must be submitted no later than September 25, 2023.


We look forward to receiving your events submission and are eager to help share the information about your 2024 Pulaski County event!


Have a question? Feel free to call 573-336-6355 or email



March 30, 2023

FY24 Changes to VisitMO Travel Guide

Dear Tourism Partner,

Over time, the Missouri Division of Tourism’s annual travel guide grew from a small booklet highlighting key tourism attractions and destinations to a nearly 200-page, directory-style publication that included thousands of individual business listings.

In recent years it has become increasingly difficult to publish a truly comprehensive guide. Many businesses, perhaps recognizing that consumers are more reliant on digital technology to research travel, do not update their information annually and thus, drop out of the publication.

With this and other factors in mind, the Division is making a significant change for the 2024 Official Missouri Travel Guide.

The change: Listings for individual businesses will not be included in the 2024 Official Missouri Travel Guide. The next edition will focus on inspiring travel, with more pages allocated to features and photos.

Some reasons: In addition to the above-mentioned difficulty with business listings, the proliferation of mobile devices and easily accessible information has changed the way people plan travel.  Also, many state tourism offices are moving away from directory-heavy guides and toward inspirational, lifestyle-type publications.  Removing listings also means the 2024 guide will have approximately 20 fewer pages than the prior edition. Spread across 200,000 printed copies, that’s 4 million fewer pages, which reduces our impact on the environment.

What this means for businesses: The Division of Tourism won’t be doing the annual call for travel guide listings submissions for the 2024 guide, but your business will have the opportunity to purchase ads in that edition.

Free business listings will remain on

Being listed on the website is vital for two reasons. First, we will use QR codes throughout the 2024 guide to drive traffic to listings by region on  Second, the vast majority of the Division’s marketing budget is designed to drive people to, so being listed on the site greatly increases your chance of being noticed by consumers.  Businesses can update listings on at any time throughout the year to provide the most up-to-date information.

Though we recognize this is a significant change, our staff believes the time is right to reimagine the look and feel of the guide. We will continue to do our best to promote Missouri to travelers and are confident that the 2024 guide will inspire people to visit the Show-Me State’s incredible destinations and attractions.

We appreciate your continued partnership, and look forward to welcoming visitors for generations to come.

Thank you for your time,

Stephen Foutes, Director - Missouri Division of Tourism

March 24, 2023

Naturally Meramec Meeting - March 28th

The Naturally Meramec Consortium Regional Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held here at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission office at 4 Industrial Drive, St. James, Missouri 65559, or Via Zoom Conference Video/Call, please see below. The more Naturally Meramec Consortium members that we have at these meetings, the more productive these meetings become. If you are interested in being a member of the Naturally Meramec Consortium, this meeting would be the perfect time to join. Membership is only $50.00 and can be paid at the time of the meeting. If you are not a member, we would still love to have your input at the meeting. Everyone is welcome!



  1. Call to Order and Introductions: Mark A. Perkins, Senior Community Development Specialist, Meramec Regional Planning Commission.
  2. Staff Report: Meramec Regional Planning Commission Staff will report on Naturally Meramec Consortium activities through Tuesday, March 28, 2023.
    1. Naturally Meramec Consortium Facebook Page.
    2. Naturally Meramec Consortium Website.
  3. Strategic Plan: MRPC Staff will discuss the 2023 Strategic Plan for Missouri’s Meramec Region. The Naturally Meramec Consortium will then be asked to offer comments or suggestions on the final draft of the plan.
  4. New Delta Regional Authority (DRA) Grant: MRPC Staff will discuss the DRA Grant in detail.
  5. Announcements: Members will have an opportunity to announce special events in their areas.
  6. Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 4:00 p.m.
  7. Networking: Members will have an opportunity to network.


For more information:  Mark A. Perkins, Senior Community Development Specialist, Meramec Regional Planning Commission. Phone:  573-265-2993 Ext. 143  Fax:  573-265-3550, A Brand New Look

March 1, 2023

The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is excited to announce the launch of the new website!  This endeavor was made possible through 75% funding through the Missouri Division of Tourism FY23 MPD Grant, Kudos to the phenomenal work of the team at McDaniel's agency and our Bureau staff.  Industry partners wishing to make updates to their listings may log into their account/s to make updates to their complimentary listings, or by emailing our staff.  For information on paid-enhanced listings visit the Industry Log-In section on the website. Paid enhanced listings include images, descriptions, links to your website, and social channels.

February 23, 2023

Backing Historic Small Restaurants

The National Park Service announces the Backing Historic Small Restaurant Grant Program.  Application opens Feb 23 - Closes Mar 12.  Learn more at Saving Places.

Lodging - Online Form, Utility refunds

February 14, 2023


The Guest Assessment Reporting Form is now available as a fillable PDF.  You are welcome to save this form and complete it digitally, versus handwritten. You will still need to print it off and send the report in with your payment to the Pulaski County Collector.  This is simply saving you from having to handwrite the form.

The fillable PDF is also available online within the Industry section of our website and in the File section of the IDSS Partner Extranet.



In October we shared information about the new Missouri Law which became effective August 28, 2022 regarding the Hotel Utility Refund.  Last week a partner shared additional information that might be helpful to others. 

Below is the information that was provided via Larry and Gayle Helms. 

“You may already be aware of a new Missouri Law effective August 28, 2022 concerning Hotel Utility refund Formulas that applies to utilities at hotels.  Your hotel may be eligible for a refund of some of the taxes paid on utilities for the last three years.  More importantly should you apply and receive a refund you may be exempt on taxes going forward. It may be worth a lot to check this new law out to see if it would be advantageous to your hotels.

I have been informed by our attorney (Franey & Associates) representing the Missouri Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds that the new law may apply to campgrounds with cabins and campsites where the sites are individually metered as well.

These forms and information are located in the Industry Partner section of the website under Lodging Information - Utility Refund Information & Forms.



The Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is redesigning the Tourism Bureau website, with a target launch of March 2023. 

As a guest transient tax collector, your property qualifies for a complimentary Enhanced Listing for your landing page at    Enhanced listings include a link to your website, description of your property, and images.  The new site will allow for up to 3 images of your property, (the current site allows for one.).

You may access the Partner Extranet to add your images within in the Accommodations Detail,  or for ease on your part, you may email with 3 images of your property by 2/15/2023 for inclusion for the new launch.  You may also review your current listing and advise of any updates you wish to make.

Helpful tips: 

The website is a key marketing piece to the advertising campaigns that the Bureau invests.   Investments include digital, print, outdoor advertising and broadcast encouraging potential leisure and group travelers to connect with the website for more information about our area and tourism partners.   


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