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Missouri Tourism Honors Chillicothe Director as Industry Leader
By CATHERINE STORTZ RIPLEY 
October 21, 2015

Missouri Division of Tourism Photo: Amy Supple, director of the Greater Chillicothe Tourism Region, was presented the Ambassador Award during the awards banquet of the Governor's Conference on Tourism.

Amy Supple, who became Chillicothe's director of tourism in 2002, was presented the Ambassador Award during the awards banquet of the 47th Missouri Governor's Conference on Tourism in Lake Ozark. This award acknowledges individuals who support tourism initiatives and bring publicity to attractions across the state. Supple moved to Chillicothe and became director of the Greater Chillicothe Visitors Region with the thought that she may stay for a couple of years and then move on to something else. But, she settled in with her job and became a part of the community. "I truly love my job," Supple told the Constitution-Tribune. "I am so grateful for the opportunity to work here and to promote such an amazing community." Although her work focuses on promoting Chillicothe, Supple is an active member of the Missouri Route 36 Heritage Alliance. The Alliance is comprised of partner communities along Highway 36 and focuses on increasing visitation to and awareness of these areas of northern Missouri. The alliance began about four years ago and Supple is one of the founding members. She has focused on marketing efforts, including a visitors guide, with a 45,000 circulation. The group currently is working on its second edition which will be published in March. Supple said she appreciates her board of directors, co-workers and building mates who assist with tourism efforts. "We also enjoy a great relationship with our partners at the city and county and in our neighboring communities who share our vision of making this area a truly great destination for visitors," Supple said. "Our tag line is 'Experience our Greatest Things' and that is what we want for all of our visitors. Small towns and rural areas often face unique challenges in the area of tourism," Supple said. "We may not be viewed as a typical destination, but Chillicothe has some amazing assets that make people want to visit," she said. These include outstanding sports facilities that host tournaments and golfers, amenities like the Litton Center and the hotels and restaurants, Chillicothe's cultural history and heritage like the murals and museum, stories like inventing sliced bread and the spirit of hospitality found in its citizens. Despite a small budget and small staff, the local tourism office has accomplished much through the efforts of its board of directors and other supporters. Supple said that tourism relies on its partners throughout Chillicothe and works together with the city, county, economic development, Chamber, Main Street and private businesses to accomplish projects and "dream big."

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