Travelers spent $36 million to stay the night in Joplin last year.
That total is part of a year-end report highlighting efforts from the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau. The report estimates that adds up to 424,000 room nights throughout the year. And workers point out that travelers aren’t just spending their money at hotels.
“The restaurants, the convenience stores for gas, retail establishments for shopping, all those different entities,” says Joplin CVB Director Patrick Tuttle.
CVB workers are hoping to grow travel totals in 2019, focusing on group travel and international visitors. They say there were tourists from more than 100 countries who visited Joplin last year.