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According to Credit Card Data, Joplin Shops Did Over 5.8 Million in Business with International Visitors in 2022

The timing of the report is interesting considering that the City Council provided a comprehensive report two weeks ago from a consultant group regarding million-dollar improvements needed to the city’s mineral museum. Could Joplin attract more international visitors with an overhaul and advertisement of its unique city resources and history?

After taking Monday off for Labor Day, the Joplin City Council returns to work this evening.

KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

There have been many news stories focused on international travel returning to pre-COVID-19 levels.

Tonight during the informal portion of the Joplin City Councilmeeting we’ll get an update on whether those visitors have returned to Joplin and how much they’re spending once there.

According to data available on the city’s website, produced by the company behind the Visa credit card, our mainly English-speaking neighbors to the north, just over 23,000 residents of Canada visited Joplin in 2022 spending about 2.1 million dollars.

Averaging about 97 dollars per person.

The second most international visitors to Joplin last year were from Mexico, although significantly fewer at 5,173 spending nearly 1.4 million dollars.

Although they spent significantly more money in Joplin, averaging $269 per person. Rounding out the top five were victors from the UK, Germany and Japan.

The report shows that Joplin had at least one visitor from 118 of the world's 195 counties in 2022.

The informal portion of the Joplin City Council meeting gets underway tonight at 5:15.

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.

In the fall of 2023 Fred was promoted to Interim General Manager and was appointed GM in Feburary of 2024.