MU Extension hopes to boost Missouri tourism

A 'Cultural Heritage Tourism and Arts' conference was held Tuesday afternoon in Macon.

The conference was put on in partnership with the University of Missouri Extension Service. The day allowed several organizations like the Hannibal Arts Council, the Walt Disney Hometown Museum in Marceline, and the Missouri Division of Tourism to get together and discuss the importance of tourism in the Show-Me-State. The category of tourism and travel is 2nd when it comes to boosting the state's economy. The conference allowed the tourism organizations to share ideas on how to gain more tourists and bring them to smaller communities.

"The economic impact that tourism has is under valued I think sometimes. It's also important because the sense of story, the sense of place defines who we are as a region, as communities," said Louis Riggs, Missouri Humanities Council Vice-Chair.

University of Missouri Extension plans to hold more conferences in the future focusing on the importance of tourism.