Stephen Foutes, Director - Missouri Division of Tourism
August 9, 2023
On this week's episode of WTN, Steven Foutes, Director of the Missouri Division of Tourism, stops by to give me the inside scoop on the "show-me state!" Steven details Missouri's hidden gems, culinary scene, what to do in each area of the state, and more!
A lifelong Missourian, Stephen grew up in Bowling Green and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Central Methodist College (now University) in Fayette in 1999. After spending 10 years as a newspaper reporter and editor in Centralia and Jefferson City, he was hired as the travel guide editor at the Missouri Division of Tourism (MDT) in 2009. He held varying roles at MDT through 2017 when he was named marketing director at the Missouri State Medical Association. In March 2020, he returned to the travel industry when he was appointed MDT’s director. MDT’s staff is a dedicated team of marketers, communicators, researchers, program managers, legislative and financial specialists, and welcome center ambassadors focused on promoting Missouri as one of the country’s top travel destinations.