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March Newsletter
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President's Corner
March started off great as we wrapped up a great convention hosting NTA and the United Motorcoach Association! They kept our City and our Attractions busy from February 25 - March 3.

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Sign Up Now for the March 15th Meeting - Dining & Business Etiquette: Tips for Creating a Positive First Impression

Join us on Wednesday, March 15th, at Hollywood Casino for Dining Etiquette: Tips for Creating a Positive First Impression! Our featured speaker, Anne L. Hensley, holds a master's degree in counseling from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Missouri, a nationally certified counselor, a nationally certified career counselor and a board certified coach. Click here for more information and to register!

Thank You to Our Host
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Don't Forget to Renew Your SLAA Membership & Stay Informed
We provide our members the opportunity to network, gain industry contacts, learn more about marketing and operations, as well as build an awareness of your business through partnering with other local attractions. We look forward to programming that will help you stay connected to your region, as well as to changes and trends in the tourism and hospitality industry. Whether it's a local and state-wide tourism update or learning how your industry colleagues are using technology to attract new visitors, join us as we continue to make the tourism industry in St. Louis strong and vibrant.

Additional advantages of being a member include business exposure through sponsorship or membership meetings; opportunities for greater involvement through committees; free listings on our website and membership directory; free bi-monthly informational e-newsletter; promotion of your organization's internship programs; opportunities to distribute your information to our membership; an annual scholarship program for member employees, interns or family members; and much more.

Click here to renew your membership online, or contact the SLAA office at or (314) 416-2233 to request another copy of your membership renewal. We look forward to your continued participation!

2017 Scholarship Applications Available Online!

Scholarship applications are now available online for the 2017 Saint Louis Attractions Association Carole Moody Scholarship. The scholarship is open to any undergraduate college student or high school senior entering college majoring in a field that could contribute to the tourism/hospitality industry and maintaining a 3.0 or B grade point average. Click here for additional information.

SLAA Announced 2016 Spirit of St. Louis Award Recipients at January Meeting
The Saint Louis Attractions Association announced the recipients of the 2016 Spirit of St. Louis Awards at the January Lunch Meeting. The National Park Service and the YMCA of Greater St. Louis received the Spirit of St. Louis Program Award for their "Play, Learn, Serve, Work" Summer Camp Program. Ronda Thiem, Partner and Senior Vice President of Sales at Madden Media, received the Spirit of St. Louis Individual Award. Linda Eise, Leisure Marketing for Drury Hotels Company, LLC received the Spirit of St. Louis Hall of Fame Award. Click here to read more.

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Happy New Year From the Fundraising Committee!
A big thank you to Incredible Pizza, Hampton Inn and Suites South, Ballpark Village, and Hard Rock Cafe for the wonderful January Trip Raffle! Congratulations to the winners for the Trip Raffle, and the 50/50 Raffle as well!

Thank You to Our January Meeting Host!
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Thank You to Our January Meeting Sponsor!

Just a friendly reminder, the Fundraising Committee does not stop collecting donations - we collect all year long for the Trip Raffle. If you would like to donate something to have your business featured in our Trip Raffle, let either Kelly Hutchison or Tyler Huth know. Thanks again for always donating to SLAA!

Welcome New Members!

Allied: Hubbard Interactive
Contact: Kait Wade
Hubbard Interactive is tied with strong St. Louis stations like 106.5 The Arch, 92.3 WIL-FM, and 101 ESPN. We also have a digital arm, 2060 Digital that can handle any online advertising.

Attraction: Pinnacle Entertainment
Contact: Michele Miller
Representing Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles and River City Casino & Hotel. We can accommodate any size group.

Allied: The Chase Park Plaza
Contact: David Hume
The Chase is a destination where you can relax, work, connect, dine and celebrate the good life.

2017 Meeting & Happy Hour Sponsorship Opportunities Are Now Available!
Be sure to secure your spot early, as limited sponsorship opportunities are available. For only $200, you can sponsor a SLAA Membership Meeting or Happy Hour, and get the word out about your business or promote your upcoming events. This could be a great opportunity to update fellow SLAA members about something new, upcoming events, or promote partnership with other attractions.

Sponsorship of a SLAA Membership Meeting includes:
  • Opportunity to greet incoming guests at the door
  • Five minutes to speak at the meeting about your organization
  • A reserved table to distribute your organization's materials
  • Opportunity to distribute your organization's materials on each individual table
  • Recognition as a sponsor on email meeting notices
  • Recognition in the bi-monthly newsletter
Sponsor the new 2017 Happy Hour events! Includes:
  • Opportunity to greet incoming guests at the door
  • A reserved table to distribute your organization's materials
  • Recognition as a sponsor on email meeting notices
  • Recognition in the bi-monthly newsletter
Click here for information about additional sponsorship opportunities and to sign up! Questions? Contact Tricia Wisbrock or the SLAA office.

Submit Your Nomination for the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Awards!

Nominations for the Spirit of St. Louis Awards are accepted year-round. The purpose of the Spirit of St. Louis Awards is to honor those members of the attractions and hospitality industry who go the extra mile and put forth exemplary effort in helping to further the goals and objectives of the industry and the Saint Louis Attractions Association. The Association recognizes these noteworthy achievements each year at the January meeting.

Eligible nominees may have served in any of a variety of positions, ranging from front-line service to management, at an attraction, hotel, restaurant, or with any other associated or affiliated industry. Both members and non-members of SLAA are eligible to receive awards; however, nominations must be submitted by a SLAA member. You are welcome to make unlimited nominations.

Click here for more information and to submit your nomination.

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