St. Louis pitches itself as tourist groups convene at America’s Center

A travel industry convention in St. Louis this week has local tourism officials and those from around the state hoping to get booked for national sightseeing.

The National Tour Association, whose members reach a combined 15 million travelers annually, is bringing more than 1,000 attendees to downtown St. Louis this week for its annual Trade Exchange. They represent tour providers and local tourism promoters foreign and domestic.

Throughout the week, tourism industry representatives from St. Louis and around Missouri will pitch themselves as destinations to tour providers from around North America.

Explore St. Louis director of leisure travel sales Renee Eichelberger, part of whose job is to help book tour operators for St. Louis destinations, said the process works like speed dating, with each appointment lasting seven to 10 minutes.

“A single tour operator may book 20 to 30 trips at this event,” Eichelberger said.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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