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It’s a new year! What we’re pinning.

January 17, 2014

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One of the best ways to prepare for a visit to Columbia is to visit our profile on Pinterest. It gives us a great opportunity to show you just what you can expect during your time here using beautiful photos and fun links. For 2014, we’ll be using Pinterest a lot to curate amazing Columbia images ideas to help you make your experience in our destination the best it can be.

Here’s what we’ve been working on…

An entire board titled ‘A Columbia Holiday‘ to showcase that Columbia is cool in the winter.

We’ve added a lot of new pins to our ‘Discover the District‘ board. Get planning and visit one of Columbia’s main attractions!

Check out our new ‘Famous Columbians, Mizzou Fans and Alumni‘ board where you can check out who has ties to our great city!

Keep coming back to visit us on Pinterest throughout the year. We’re excited to share our favorite Columbia places, events and much more!

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Columbia Snapshot: Autumn Arrives

November 15, 2013

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Columbia’s trees are really showing off their colors this fall! These are just a few views from near the office of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, so our staff is lucky enough to enjoy these every day. We’re also next to the beginning trail head of the MKT Trail, so it’s a great place to start a fall foliage stroll. Be sure to take lots of pictures (and share them with us on Facebook!) before the leaves all fall!

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Columbia, Missouri – What You Unexpect!

April 4, 2013

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After months of research and learning more about our destination, we are thrilled to unveil our new tourism brand…Columbia, MO – What You Unexpect!

Time and time again, visitors are delightfully surprised by what Columbia has to offer. From picturesque parks and clever cuisine to amazing art and superb shopping, visitors find that Columbia is ‘more than a college town’ and ‘surprisingly sophisticated.’

We like to think of Columbia as the cool neighborhood in a big city, with a young vibe, an active buzz and an engaged community. We’re also a friendly and welcoming community, with a thriving downtown and abundance of cultural opportunities.

Along with our new brand, we’re also launching a new marketing campaign. This campaign comes complete with our very first television commercial.

We are so excited to launch this new brand and hope you’ll join us in our enthusiasm. Now all you have to do is get planning your next Columbia visit. We promise it’ll be exactly what you unexpect!

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Psst…We’re about to do something exciting!

March 25, 2013

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For years, you’ve know Columbia as the smart, innovative, artsy, eclectic, clever, savvy, vibrant, too-dynamic-to-fit-into-a-short-tagline city.

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We’re definitely all of those things (and more!), but the time has come for something new and fresh! The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau has been working hard to research and create an authentic new brand that embraces the true personality of our destination.

After all this work, we couldn’t be more excited to share our new identity with all of you! On April 4th, we’ll celebrate our unveiling and you can see all of the details right here.

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Columbia…now a CTA city!

March 8, 2013

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Joining over 100 destination marketing organizations across the country, the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau is thrilled to be an official Certified Tourism Ambassador destination! Introducing the Columbia Tourism Ambassadors program…

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CTAs strive to give every visitor to Columbia a memorable and positive experience. Columbia has always been known for being warm, friendly and welcoming, so now we’re taking it to the next level. We’ll be certifying front-line hospitality workers and tourism enthusiasts from all over mid-Missouri to be knowledgeable, to exceed customer expectations and to keep people coming back.

The next time you’re in town, keep you eyes open for people wearing the gold star CTA pin. Anyone wearing one has been specially trained and certified to help your visit be the best it possibly can. We are so proud to be a CTA city and we hope that on your next trip to Columbia, you’ll notice an even more welcoming community than ever before.

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Wishing You a Happy New Year

December 31, 2012

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From all of us here at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, we want to thank you for visiting Columbia this year. We love to welcome our visitors with open arms and give them an experience they can always remember. In 2012, changes like Mizzou moving to the Southeastern Conference meant new stream of fresh visitors were able to enjoy all Columbia has to offer.

As we move toward 2013, we’re excited for more changes in the coming year. We’re planning big things like a new brand, a new website, the Columbia Tourism Ambassadors program and more. Each big project is for you, the visitor. You can be sure when the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s we’ll be ready to make Columbia the best destination it can be. We hope you’ll visit. We’d love to have you.

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Girlfriend Getaway: Post-Holiday Relaxation

December 19, 2012

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Have you been shopping til you drop? Socializing at the holiday parties of everyone you know? Have tired hands from wrapping all those presents? You deserve a break! Round up a few friends and head to Columbia for a little post-holiday you time.

More relaxed already?

Start your getaway to Columbia by sleeping in. That’s right, sleeping in. Enjoy a leisurely late breakfast somewhere like Ernie’s, Café Berlin or Uprise Bakery.

Once you’ve woken up, it’s time to relax. Head to one of Columbia’s day spas like Riversong. Located in south Columbia, this spa will pamper you and your friends from the moment you walk in the door. Pick from various services ranging from facials to manicures to massages. You can also check out their spa packages, which combines a series of services with a built in discount. Need deep tissue relief or want to try something different like a hot stone massage, Riversong is the spot.

Once you’ve spent your afternoon being pampered, it’s time for a night out in Columbia. Here are a few ideas for you and your ladies…

Bleu

Bleu offers an upbeat and modern atmosphere in a historic building. Located in the former Boone Tavern building, Bleu has signature tastes on their menu (blue cheese creme brulee, anyone?) and their bartenders shake up classic cocktails, drinks with a new twist or something made especially for your taste buds. Bleu also boasts a beautiful outdoor space for festive nights with your girls.

Room 38

Afternoon. After work. After dark. Room 38 offers modern global cuisine in a sophisticated lounge setting. Serving up delicious flat breads and creative small plates, Room 38 also has an extensive martini, wine and spirits list for fun times with your whole group.

The Penguin Piano Bar

Are you the sing along type? Head over to The Penguin Piano Bar that is open Thursday-Saturday with shows at 9:00 p.m. Enjoy the show, sing along to the songs you know by heart and make new friends. The energetic atmosphere keeps the fun rolling and no one will think twice if you decide to get up and dance. Check their website for specials and entertainments schedules and get ready to sing the night away.

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Now that the stress of the holiday season is near done, go ahead and plan a weekend getaway for you and your girls. A day of relaxation and a night of laughs, drinks and stories are just what you need to head into the new year.

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Thankful for Columbia

November 20, 2012

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For those of us who live and work in Columbia, it’s easy to take all the amazing things the city has to offer for granted. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’re taking some time to remember all we have to be thankful for because we live here.

-The vibrant atmosphere that comes from having over 25,000 college students in our city every year. And the calm quiet that emerges when they’re gone for breaks.

-Slices from Shakespeare’s.

-Stages that have been graced by artists ranging from Johnny Cash to Tony Bennett.

-Over 60 parks to play in, run through, explore or seek a peaceful moment.

Main Squeeze Smoothies.

Festivals where you can make new friends or disappear into a sea of strangers.

-An independent film house that also serves beer.

Football Saturdays.

-The ability to take our taste buds on a world tour just by choosing where to have breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Shops where you can find a gift that comes from the heart.

-You! The visitors who come to Columbia and then share their experiences with others. It allows the story of Columbia to keep going and going. For that, we say thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Choose Columbia!

November 6, 2012

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Today is election day, so if you’re suffering from decision fatigue, let us help you! One of the easiest choices you can make is to take your next trip to Columbia, Missouri!

Sure, we might be a little biased because we love Columbia…a lot. And we can’t give you one of those cool ‘I voted’ stickers. But take a look at this list of things that make our city special and we’re confident you’ll choose Columbia!

  • Need an afternoon in a lush, green city park? We have over 60.
  • We have an ice cream shop with a liquor license. Guinness float anyone?
  • An airport that’s really taking you places. New service to Dallas/Ft. Worth and Chicago (O’Hare) starts in February!
  • More than 200 restaurants to tempt your taste buds. That’s a lot of breakfasts, lunches and dinners!

You have to admit, that’s a pretty solid platform. Of course, there are countless great reasons to visit Columbia. Check them all out on our website and we’ll see you soon!

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Experience Columbia before you even arrive!

June 22, 2012

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When you’re planning your trip to Columbia, there are lots of things you might do to get ready. Reserve a hotel room, make a packing list, get someone to watch the cat. You also check out this blog or our website to decide where you want to eat, what shops you want to visit or which art galleries you want to explore.

There are many ways to connect with Columbia before, during and after your visit. From to comfort of your own home to being on the go, we’re here to show you how amazing Columbia is and to answer any questions you might have. So come hang out with us! Here’s how:

Facebook: Connect with other Columbia fans, post pictures and ask questions.

Twitter: Updates on events, attractions, restaurants and more…all in 140 characters or less.

-Email: Need some expert help from a Columbia staffer? Email us at info (at) gocolumbiamo (dot) com.

Pinterest: Our beautifully curated boards will give you a taste of the Columbia experience before you even arrive.

E-newsletters: Get our general newsletter every month or take it a step further and tell us what your interests are, and you’ll be on the list for anything from shopping to sports.

Request a Visitor Guide: A handy reference while you’re planning or while you’re exploring.

-Phone: We love talking to visitors! Give us a call at 1.800.652.0987

When planning your trip, we hope you’ll pick one or two of these methods to connect with us. We love having you here!

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