The head of the Springfield Convention and Visitor’s Bureau released his latest update to businesses involved in the area’s tourism and the outlook was less than glowing.
Tracy Kimberlin said in his update that a “recovery won’t be any time soon” as he reported on the latest figures regarding hotel occupancy in the region. Hotel occupancy is down 65.9 percent. He also referenced the recent cancellations of Wing Ding 42 and the Street Rod Nationals as blows to the local economy.
“Combined, just those two events represent 9,500 room nights at area hotels and more than $3 million in spending that won’t take place unless the events can be rebooked,” Kimberlin wrote. “The Convention & Visitors Bureau is working hard to get those and others that have canceled booked at later dates but an uncertain future is making that difficult.”
Kimberlin estimated a $26 million loss to the economy is southwest Missouri because of the loss of events related to the pandemic.
However, Kimberlin did provide what he felt was a hopeful note in that with the lifting of the stay at home orders, people will once again be able to eat at restaurants and resume limited schedules outside the home.