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Nixon: State Can Focus Tourism Funding Elsewhere June 2, 2010

Posted by kbianews in St. Louis Public Radio.
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Gov. Jay Nixon (File photo by: Kyle Stokes, KBIA)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the state can fill the void left by the high-profile departure of the Tour of Missouri bike race. The governor says he supports the state tourism commission’s decision not to fund the race, and believes Missouri can still attract tourism dollars in other ways.

“We have some great assets, the state parks, our outdoor sites in all corners of the states. We think that moving our dollars there for continued tourism, not only this year, but for years to come is an outstanding investment with a great return for Missouri.”.

Nixon also cited other potential tourism drivers.

“….up 5.6 percent in the number of folks coming to our state parks. We think we’re going to have a great year with the 175th anniversary of Mark Twain. We know we’ve already gotten off to a great start with the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express. We also know that the 50th anniversary of Silver Dollar City means Branson is moving forward.”

Gov. Nixon spent part of his Memorial Day attending a service this morning at Jefferson Barrack National Cemetery.

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