JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Tourism Commission says the industry generated nearly $670 million in state tax revenue last year.
The commission released the numbers Thursday as part of its annual report to Missouri lawmakers. Commission chairwoman Marci Bennett told the group that more than 37 million visitors came to the state last year.
Bennett said tourism employs around 290,000 Missourians across the state.
Statewide hotel occupancy dropped 4.8 percent in 2009. Bennett said people are still traveling to the state but are choosing to save money by staying with family or friends.