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ECLIPSE 2017: Missouri celebrates increased tourism due to eclipse

Tourism experts said eclipse tourism will have a lasting effect on Missouri economics and future tourism. (Caileigh Peterso/KRCG 13)

Tourism experts said eclipse tourism will have a lasting effect on Missouri economics and future tourism.

"The nice thing from the tourism standpoint is we know that when people come to Missouri and experience like they are doing now, they'll come back," Dan Lennon, Director of the Missouri Division of Tourism, said. "They'll be tourists and vacationers for a long time."

Tourism experts predicted anywhere from 300,000 to 1.3 million people traveling to Missouri for the eclipse.

The City of Columbia expected up to 100,000.

People traveled from Minnesota, Texas, Australia, Japan, Israel, England, Norway, and more to mid-Missouri for the Total Solar Eclipse.

"The front page of our paper back home said to go to Columbia, Missouri for the eclipse. We booked our stay and here we are. We are so excited," Russ Maxiarka of Minneapolis said.

Tourism experts said it would take a few days to receive more precise tourism numbers.

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