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Plan a Great Event in Missouri

February 18, 2013

Behind every good event is a knowledgeable planner who is not afraid of detail. From brainstorming new ways to make the traditional trade show seem new, to finding unique destinations for attendees to enjoy post-meeting, planners have a big job to make sure an event appears seamless.

Luckily for those planning events in Missouri, there is an impressive base from which to begin. With the state’s central location, ease-of-travel options and attractions for all ages, it’s an ideal choice for groups. As you begin your planning, you’ll soon find Missouri’s lodging, dining and entertainment services will work with you each step of the way.

The Elms Hotel, Excelsior Springs

The Elms Hotel, Excelsior Springs

The Missouri Division of Tourism’s website,, is a great place to start.  Find a venue in the “Places to Stay” section that fits the style of your group, and explore what is offered in each region. You may want to check out a venue with a historic story to share, such as The Elms Hotel and Spa in Excelsior Springs, or the luxury of the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis. As you narrow your search, you’ll see categories for dining, attractions, and services in the area.

Planners know that for an event to be a success, the food has to be good. While Missouri hotels offer many tempting catering menus, mealtime is a great opportunity for your group to get out and explore. Again, offers a valuable resource. Click the food and drinks link in the “Things to Do” tab and begin searching restaurants, wineries and more.

Be sure to check in with the local Chamber of Commerce or Convention and Visitors Bureau for their assistance with events happening in the location, restaurant and shopping discounts, and to show you to the best resources for all of your event questions.

For more details, check the Travel Resources link in the “Virtual MO” tab on the site. You’ll find details for airports, train service, checking road conditions and a list of services at your disposal.

Choose Missouri for your event and feel confident about quality service, great menus and all of the extra touches to impress your guests.

Written by Laura Holloway, a communications professional living in Jefferson City, exploring Missouri with her husband and two young children as often as possible.

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