Rise in Tourism Benefits Cape Girardeau Businesses

Feb 19, 2016
Breanne Bleichroth/KRCU


In January, Gov. Jay Nixon announced tourism in Missouri was on the rise. The state brought in more than 40 million visitors and nearly $13 million in revenue last year. The increase in tourism has been felt in the riverfront city of Cape Girardeau. Last year, the city saw a 3 percent growth in tourism.

While the increase was slim, Brenda Newbern, executive director of the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, said many local businesses are reaping the benefits of the increased tourism traffic.

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Furniture is an essential part of every home. Therefore, it is important to feel comfortable with every piece purchased and brought into your home. The process of buying furniture does not have to be stressful. By researching and preparing, furniture shopping can be a pleasant experience for you and your family.

Joey Keys with the Better Business Bureau in Cape Girardeau has some tips before you head out to your local furniture store.

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Deep within the halls of the old federal building on Broadway in Cape Girardeau lies the offices of Codefi, a cooperative workspace with a hip color-pallet that serves as a stark contrast to the austere layout of that building. The space is open and playful, and calls to mind descriptions of offices in Silicon Valley.