Carthage Sees Tourism Increase

Carthage Sees Tourism Increase

Carthage hotels are seeing a boost in tourism.
CARTHAGE, MO.--- The sound of another guest is heard more often at Boots Court.

"We've had an increase in traffic from Europe. A lot of countries we haven't seen before," said Debbie Dee, Boots Court Manager.

Debbie Dee is the manager at the Boots Court in Carthage. In addition to international travelers, this year even more locals are also stopping at the historic motel along Route 66.

"I think more Americans are embracing the Route 66 concept and dream, and they're starting to explore their heritage a little more," said Dee. 

The increase in travelers is a boost for Carthage's economy.

"We have seen a lodging increase over last year. So we're 15,000 dollars above lodging taxes from last year," said Wendi Douglas, Carthage CVB Director.

Wendi Douglas of the Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau adds that their website traffic has doubled.

"We do have more awareness of actually touring Carthage for day trips and even overnight," said Douglas. 

Douglas credits the attraction of art walk, which is scheduled in tandem with other events that are overnight. Dee says her five bedroom motel has no vacancies more often this year.

"We have been booked full a number of times," said Dee. 

If you're thinking of booking a room here for Marian Days, think again.

"We've been booked up for Marian Days since last August," said Dee. 

Douglas adds that all six hotels in Carthage have confirmed they are sold out for Marian Days in August. She says they are expecting a banner year for the event, which attracts about 60,000 to 80,000 people.

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