The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (DBA Explore St. Louis)

The St. Louis Tourism Bureau was founded in 1909 by a group of local business leaders, after seeing the success of the 1904 World’s Fair. In 1984, the Bureau was restructured and combined with the St. Louis County Office of Tourism to form the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (SLCVC), a regional commission of the State of Missouri. Dedicated funding for the SLCVC and the Regional Arts Commission through a new tax on hotel rooms was implemented. The SLCVC’s board was reorganized in 1991 to reflect the organization’s new role in managing the expanded America’s Center Convention Complex including the 67,000-seat Dome at America’s Center, 1,400- seat Ferrara Theatre, a 28,000 square-foot ballroom and the St. Louis Executive Conference Center. (Prior to the expansion, the convention center had been operated by the City of St. Louis.)

The SLCVC’s 11-member Board of Commissioners is headed by a chairman appointed by the Governor of Missouri. Five Board members are appointed by the Mayor of the City of St. Louis and five are appointed by the St. Louis County Executive. According to the organization’s enabling legislation, three of each official’s appointees must be actively engaged in the St. Louis hotel industry.

Every component of the conference has the grandness with top-notch performances by popular and leading personalities, celebrities and distinguished guests and it is all because of your commitment and involvement.


The America’s Center is located at Washington Avenue and Eighth Street. We can be identified by our central, copper-domed rotunda and our curved facade.

From Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Take I-70 east to the Broadway/Convention exit #249c. Proceed on Broadway two blocks and turn right onto Convention Plaza. At the end of the street the parking garage entrance will be almost straight ahead, just to the left of the main entrance doors.

From I-44

I-44 intersects with I-55 near downtown. Use the Washington Ave exit #292. Left on Washington Avenue to Washington entrance. For parking, turn right off Washington Avenue on to Seventh Street, left into the garage entrance by the Convention Center doors.

From I-55

See above directions after I-44.

From Illinois Via Poplar Street Bridge

Continue on 64 west. Take Exit 40A toward Stadium/Tucker Blvd. Continue straight on 9th Street to Walnut. Right on Walnut to 7th Street. Left on 7th Street to Washington Ave. For parking, continue on 7th Street, left into the entrance of the parking garage by the Convention Center doors.

From Illinois Via Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge

Take the left exit for Tucker Blvd. Continue straight on Tucker to Washington Ave. Left on Washington Ave. Continue straight to 800 Washington Ave. For Parking left on 7th street, left into garage entrance by convention center doors.

From I-64 (Highway 40)

Take I-64 to the last Missouri exit at Broadway. Go left at the end of the ramp to Fourth Street. Left on Fourth. Left on Washington Avenue to the Washington Entrance. For parking, turn right on Seventh Street and left into the garage entrance by the Convention Center doors.

From I-270

I-270 does not extend into downtown St. Louis. It does intersect with I-55, I-70, I-44, and I-64 at various points to access downtown.