A lot is happening in St. Louis right now. Last
year, the National Blues Museum opened,
and the $380-million CityArchRiver project
is currently revamping every aspect of the
visitor experience at the Gateway Arch. The
project will create more places for visitors to
gather and make the monument more easily
accessible from America’s Center.
In addition, the CityArchRiver project will
renovate the Old Courthouse along with the
museum under the Arch, which will explore
the important role St. Louis played in the
growth of the United States when it reopens.
There will also be new event spaces. Groups
will be able to meet and celebrate in the
new museum, beneath the Gateway Arch,
and take elevators to the top of the arch
for views that can stretch up to
Explore St. Louis can make
experiencing all of these new
attractions and the rest of the
destination a breeze with compli-
mentary promotional tools and
programs like The Giving Arch.
Launched in 2016, the turnkey
corporate social responsibility
initiative helps connect meeting
attendees with St. Louis–based
charitable organizations. Partici-
pants include the Stray Rescue of
St. Louis, St. Louis Dream Center
Food Ministry, Better Family Life
Inc., and St. Louis Public Schools
Foundation, so groups of all sizes can find a
philanthropic cause to suit their needs.
Catering to groups large and small is
something Explore St. Louis does well, with
its dedicated team of salespeople for groups
with fewer than 300 rooms on peak. “For
every group, their need is a little different.
We take pride in coming to the rescue of that
group and answering the call of what their
need is,” said John Bettag, vice president
of sales at Explore St. Louis. “We coach our
salespeople to understand the objectives of
the meeting first. Our goal is to help them
make that decision quicker, and help them
understand St. Louis.”
For more information: Explore St. Louis —
Explore St. Louis
More reasons to meet in one of the most affordable large cities in the U.S.
What’s next The famous Gateway Arch is getting a major
makeover. The CityArchRiver project will add more than five
miles of pedestrian pathways and new green spaces, and
create a more cohesive connection with downtown St. Louis.
Central and convenient America’s Center in downtown St. Louis, which is managed
and run by Explore St. Louis, is near everything attendees could want or need, including hotels, dining, attractions, shopping, and public transportation.