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AUG 2014

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2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 M E E T I N G S I T E S G U I D E ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 55 From Kansas City barbecue to St. Louis baseball, the folks of Missouri take their traditions seri- ously. Here are few ideas on how you can infuse Missouri's unique hospitality into your next event: 1. Get your kicks on Route 66. Nearly 90 years after "U.S. 66" was proposed as the name for the then new highway at the Colonial Hotel in Springfield, Mo., a roadside park celebrating the city as the "birthplace of The Mother Road" is being unveiled. The park offers Route 66 land- marks, sculptures, a filling sta- tion replica, a motor court sign replica and a history plaza. 2. Have a bud. St. Louis is home to Anheuser Busch beer brewing company and it's then no won- der that Missouri has some of the most permissive alcohol laws in the country. Open con- tainer alcohol in plastic glasses is permitted in the Power and Light district of Kansas City. ■ City Map Location Page Branson .....................C5 .....................55 Cape Girardeau .........F4 .....................55 Columbia ...................D3 .....................55 Joplin .........................B5 .....................55 Kansas City ...............A3 .....................55 Springfield .................C4 .....................55 St. Louis ....................E3 .....................55 1 2 3 4 5 6 A B C D E F Learn more about where & how to plan meetings in Missouri by scanning this tag or visiting www.conventionsouth.com/missouri.htm Kansas City Visit Kansas City 1100 Main St., #2200 (64105) Phone: (816) 691-3800 City Population: 464,310 The Raphael Hotel 325 Ward Pkwy. (64112) Phone: (816) 756-3800 Springfield Springfield CVB Route 66 Tourist Information Center 815 E Saint Louis St., Suite 100 (65806) Phone: (417) 881-5300 City Population: 162,191 St. Louis St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission 200 N 13th St. (63103) Phone: (314) 992-0654 Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel St. Louis 7730 Bonhomme Ave. (63105) Phone: (314) 863-0400 Branson Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB 269 State Hwy. 248 (65616) Phone: (417) 334-4084, ext. 322 Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa 415 North State Hwy. 265 (65616) Phone: (417) 334-1161 Sq. Ft. Contiguous: 32,000 Cape Girardeau Cape Girardeau Convention & Visitors Bureau 400 Broadway St. (63701) Phone: (573) 335-1631 Columbia Columbia CVB 300 S Providence Road (65203) Phone: (573) 875-1231 Joplin Joplin CVB 602 S Main (64801) Phone: (417) 625-4789 Photo: ExploreBranson.com SoHo Hot Spots Springfield's Southern Charm MISSOURI S.HO.R.E. WINNER: Ryan Gibson, Area Sales Manager, Drury Hotels Company LLC. in Cape Girardeau Picture-perfect meeting venues with a gracious ambiance, stylish charm and Southern hospitality can be found throughout the South and especially at these hot spots in Missouri: • Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgeland • Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa in Branson • The Raphael Hotel in Kansas City • St. Louis Union Station Hotel, a Doubletree by Hilton • Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Columbia Missouri From the Louisiana Purchase to the Civil War, and from the railroad boom to the famous Route 66, much of Americaʼs history was shaped in Springfield. In fact, Springfield is officially recognized as the birth- place of Route 66 and traces of the "Mother Road" are still visible in downtown through the red booths and gleaming chrome of mom-and-pop diners. ■

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