Workers at a local Convention and Visitors Bureau are looking back at 2018 and setting goals for the future.
The Joplin CVB reports more than $36 million dollars in hotel rooms were booked last year. Workers point to Joplin’s location at the junction of two interstates and Route 66 as attracting visitors. Exit 8 off I-44 alone saw 4.6 million cars per year.
“So getting people to stop here is part of the goal; getting them to stay here is the ultimate goal and getting them to be here longer or more frequently is really what we’re after,” says Patrick Tuttle, Joplin CVB Director.
Joplin hotel rooms were filled 60 percent of the time at an average cost of $85 dollars per room per night. This year, CVB workers want to increase occupancy by five or ten percent as well as upping the average room rate to $90 or $100 dollars.