ABOUT SLAA

 
The Saint Louis Attractions Association is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1987 to exchange ideas, methods, and information pertaining to all aspects of the operation and administration of an attraction and its impact on the tourism industry.

Active members represent attractions, lodging facilities, tour companies, transportation companies, caterers, receptive operators, visitor publications, destination marketing organizations, special events planners, restaurants, and shopping areas from throughout the Saint Louis region.

History

The Saint Louis Attractions Association (SLAA) was formed in 1987 as a way for area tourism and hospitality professionals to share ideas, methods and information. Over thirty years later, the group that set its sights on being the industry’s “ticket” to success continues its mission to provide beneficial education and awareness for its member organizations.

SLAA was formalized under the direction of Carole Moody, who in 1987 was serving as the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission’s (CVC) (now DBA as Explore St. Louis) Director of Tourism. Although area attractions met periodically with the CVC to inform each other of developments at their respective institutions, they were the only sector of the hospitality industry lacking an organized body, such as the Greater St. Louis Restaurant Association or the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International.

A group organized as SLAA under Moody’s leadership as President of the Board of Directors. Since then, the association has been led by members of the organization, with Explore St. Louis maintaining a close relationship by filling a permanent liaison position on the Board.

Today, active SLAA member organizations include regional attractions from museums and historic homes to casinos and wineries. Allied memberships are available for businesses that provide related services in the hospitality industry, such as hotels, restaurants, advertising agencies, tour operators and more. Student memberships are also available.

Meetings at unique venues every other month provide members with an important networking opportunity with other industry colleagues. Speakers educate attendees on timely and appropriate topics pertaining to the tourism and hospitality industry, with the intent to help members raise their standards of performance.

SLAA also hosts a popular silent auction each year. A portion of the auction proceeds benefits the Carole Moody Scholarship Fund for students majoring in a field that could contribute to the tourism and hospitality industry. SLAA also organizes an internship program to distribute member openings to area schools and universities, and presents annual “Spirit of St. Louis” Awards to honor members exemplifying the goals and objectives of the industry.

2019 Executive Committee

President
Jessica Utterback
Westport Social
910 Westport Plaza Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
314-548-2876
Jutterback@westportsocial-stl.com

President-Elect
Tyler Huth
Ballpark Village
800 Market St., 28th Floor
St. Louis, MO 63102
618-698-9052
thuth@stlballparkvillage.com

Vice President – Finance
Monietta Slay
CTM Media Group
10252 Page Industrial Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63132
314-754-7589
mslay@ctmmedia.com

Vice President – Administration
Sara Modray
The Magic House
516 S. Kirkwood Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63122
314-288-2540
smodray@magichouse.org

Past President
Jennifer Hollenkamp
Explore St. Louis
701 Convention Plaza, Ste. 300
St. Louis, MO 63101
314-992-0642
jhollenkamp@explorestlouis.com

Ex-Officio Director
Brooke Emshoff
Tin Roof St. Louis
1000 Clark Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63102
brooke@tinroofbars.com

Explore St. Louis Liaison
Jennifer Hollenkamp
Explore St. Louis
701 Convention Plaza, Ste. 300
St. Louis, MO 63101
314-992-0642
jhollenkamp@explorestlouis.com

Illinois Liaison
Andy Waterman
ILLINOISouth Tourism
4387 N. Illinois St., Ste. 200
Swansea, IL 62226
618-257-1488
awaterman@illinoisouth.org

St. Charles Liaison
Open

Directors

Dawn Berkbigler
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
718 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
314-286-4155
dawnb@slso.org

Josh Blasingame
Gateway Arch Riverfront
211 N. Broadway, Ste. 700
St. Louis, MO 63102
314-982-1400 Ext. 1729
jwblasingame@gatewayarch.com

Ryan Cliffe
Cliffedge Marketing
707 N. Second St., Ste. 415
St. Louis, MO 63102
314-241-0606
ryan@cliffedgemarketing.com

Vickie Corkhill
Saint Louis Science Center
5050 Oakland Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
314-286-4608
vickie.corkhill@slsc.org

Jenna Howell
Destination St. Louis
7710 Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63119
314-727-2400
jenna@destinationstlouis.com

Andy Waterman
ILLINOISouth Tourism
4387 N. Illinois St., Ste. 200
Swansea, IL 62226
618-257-1488
awaterman@illinoisouth.org

Get Involved! Join a Committee!

Do you want to become more involved in SLAA? You can become as involved as you choose, whether it’s selling Trip Raffle tickets at bi-monthly meetings, or helping set up the Silent Auction. This is a great way to meeting members outside of the membership meetings and an avenue to share your time and talent.

Committee Descriptions:

  • Programs – Selects topics and speakers for meetings (except the Silent Auction);secures and coordinates the meeting venue and speaker logistics; and develops the content for the meeting notice/
  • Fundraising (Meetings Sponsorship, Silent Auction, Trip Raffle and 50/50 Raffle) – Solicits, secures, and packages auction items;selects and coordinates venue and logistics for the auction; provides volunteers to facilitate the auction, including table monitors and check-out staff; solicits Trip Raffle packages at the membership meetings; committee members serve as greeters at the membership meetings; and selling 50/50 and Trip Raffle tickets at the membership meetings.
  • Communications – Coordinating the content of the bi-monthly newsletter, including article solicitation; writing or soliciting the “Featured Attraction” article and photos; taking pictures at meetings for inclusion in the newsletter; proofreading the content of the newsletter; coordinating website updates, and social Media for SLAA.
  • Membership – Recruiting and retaining membership; welcoming and orienting new members; and assisting in the renewal procedures and follow-up.
  • Scholarship/Internship – Reviewing the scholarship application packet annually and making any necessary updates; updating the school contact information as needed; distributing the scholarship application packets and internship opportunities to the schools; receiving and reviewing scholarship applications to determine the winners; soliciting internship opportunities from SLAA members; and compiling the internship opportunities in an easy-to-follow format for distribution.
  • Spirit of St. Louis Awards – Reviewing and updating the nomination and application packet annually; distributing the award nomination forms to the membership; sending award applications to those candidates nominated for the awards; coordinating judges to determine award winners (announced at the January meeting); and facilitate the winner’s presentation at the January meeting.

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