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Marshall Tourism Commission update on 2013 projects

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Stan Moore, from the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation, gave an update on the MSDC tourism project list at the Marshall Tourism Commission meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

The grant application outcome information, as well as the request for reimbursement page and instructions for reimbursement, have all been sent to the tourism affiliates.

Moore said they had received approval for the Missouri Department of Tourism Grant, which is the Missouri Life project, for the January to June 2013 period. The grant application for the July through December 2013 period is due March 1.

The Department of Tourism has new logo requirements.

"The state of Missouri has a new logo," Moore said. "With the chambers contract with Missouri Life webpage, the electronic ads on the page and the electronic news letter they send out. ... We've never used the Missouri logo on any of the electronic stuff or the stuff we didn't have to. We got clarification on that and we have to."

Redevelopment of the Marshall tourism website and the Marshall Chamber of Commerce website are underway.

The Marshall brochure is being updated and Moore said they are waiting to receive them to start distribution.

The Columbia Tribune is producing the Boonslick Visitor Guide this year instead of the Boonville Daily News due to cost.

Moore noted the Marshall section in the guide needed to be rewritten.

He also said he would like to work with Old Trails Regional Tourism Partnership on getting a bus tour to come to Marshall similar to what Arrow Rock has been involved in.

For the 2012 fiscal year the Marshall Tourism Commission collected $73,725.62 and has granted $81,818 to various committees and organizations for 2013.

"The total amount that was collected for the fourth quarter was $16,865.88," Treasurer Gracie Bouws said. "Less the collector fees of $337.31, which gives us a grand total of $16,528.57."

President Shellee Smith noted the total for the fourth quarter was better than expected.

At the end of the meeting, Smith brought to the councils attention a new hotel in town that raised questions about the tourism tax hotels are required to pay.

A hotel that recently re-opened in Marshall said they only rent rooms by the week and by the month so the owner doesn't think the tourism tax is applicable to them, according to Smith.

"I think we probably need to take a look at the bylaws and look at it a little bit further," Bouws said.

Minutes from the last meeting and the treasurer's report were approved. In addition to Smith and Bouws, members Mike Davis and Lori Godsey were present. Visitor Wicky Sleight was also in attendance.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 8:30 a.m. at the City Office Building.

Contact Kelsey Alumbaugh at kalumbaugh@marshallnews.com

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