The Missouri Department of Economic Development is encouraging Missourians and out-of-state travelers to pick up the latest copy of the 2014 Official Missouri Travel Guide. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Division of Tourism Director Katie Steele-Danner:

Katie Steele-Danner

Press Release from the Department of Economic Development

Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Division of Tourism releases the 2014 Official Missouri Travel Guide, which features information to encourage instate and out-of-state travelers to plan trips and vacations in the Show-Me State.

Published annually by the Missouri Division of Tourism (MDT), the Missouri Travel Guide offers information on more than 2,000 of Missouri’s tourism-related businesses and attractions. In addition, the 148-page guide showcases in-depth articles and photographs designed to inspire interest in and travel in and to Missouri.

“Whether you’re looking for bustling metropolises, picturesque towns, or the nation’s best hiking trails, the Missouri Travel Guide showcases many of the states greatest treasures,” says Governor Jay Nixon. “Missouri is a place steeped in rich history, and also ready to compete in a high-tech, fast-paced future.”

Tourism plays a vital role in Missouri’s economic development. In fiscal year 2013, visitors spent a combined $11.2 billion, supported 280,000 jobs, and generated $1.1 billion in state and local resources that contribute to our communities’ economic wellbeing. Total tourism sales were up $3.8 million from the previous fiscal year.

From organized tours and museums, to live-show venues and performers, to outdoor opportunities and Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, travelers can find what they’re looking for in the guide. Feature content in the 2014 edition also spotlights Missouri travel experiences, Missouri’s status as the “Best Trails State” in the U.S., sites with Civil War significance and information specific to Missouri’s five geographic vacation regions.

The guides are distributed at a variety of locations across Missouri, including MDT’s nine official Missouri Welcome Centers and seven affiliate welcome centers. Additionally, MDT’s partners from across the state – including chambers of commerce, convention and visitors bureaus and other tourism businesses – request copies of the guide to distribute to their constituents.

The 2014 edition of the annual guide is the first to fully utilize MDT’s Enjoy the Show brand messaging and creative assets, which launched in spring 2013. Missouri travel guides are free and available to the public; order by phone at 800-519-4800, or order online or download the electronic version at www.VisitMO.com.