Founded in 1909, the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (CVC) is the official destination marketing organization responsible for selling St. Louis City and St. Louis County as a convention and meeting site and as a leisure travel destination. More than 700 businesses local and regional are members of the CVC.
The organization also manages and operates the America’s Center® convention complex, which includes Cervantes Convention Center, 502,000 square feet of prime exhibit space, 80 meeting rooms, the 67,000-seat Edward Jones Dome, 1,400- seat Ferrara Theatre, a 28,000 square-foot ballroom and the St. Louis Executive Conference Center.
- A 3.75 percent tax paid by visitors on hotel sleeping in St. Louis City and County provides the funding for the CVC
- According to a study conducted by the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the activities of the CVC directly contribute more than $2.1 billion to the local economy on an annual basis.
- St. Louis welcomes 21.6 million annual visitors for leisure, conventions, meetings and business travel
- Visitors spend $4.20 billion in St. Louis and tourism provides jobs for more than 80,000 area residents
- St. Louis area tourism workers earn $2.24 billion in wages yearly and the industry generates $801 million in local, state and federal taxes each year
- Travel and tourism ranks among the top 10 industries in St. Louis City and County
- Each household in St. Louis City and County receives $811 a year in tax savings as a result of travel and tourism