Missouri tourism faces midyear advertising cuts

Thursday, February 26, 2009 | 11:46 a.m. CST; updated 1:11 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 26, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's tourism director says midyear cuts will mean a decline in promotion during summer travel months.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced budget withholdings earlier this month, including a $3.5 million decrease for the Division of Tourism.

Tourism Director R.B. Smith told a joint hearing of the House and Senate tourism committees on Thursday that the June issue of Midwest Living would be dropped. Advertising in Chicago would be cut by nearly $900,000 and some magazine inserts and TV promotion spots also would be reduced.

Rep. Dennis Wood, a Kimberling City Republican, urged Nixon to restore the midyear cuts, drawing applause from business leaders in the audience.

Smith said he would be "tickled to death" to receive flat funding in next year's budget.


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