The Missouri Division of Tourism along with Madden Media have just released the cover design for the 2010 State of Missouri Travel Planner, and Hannibal’s Mark Twain has taken center stage.


The Missouri Division of Tourism along with Madden Media have just released the cover design for the 2010 State of Missouri Travel Planner, and Hannibal’s Mark Twain has taken center stage.
As the city of Hannibal works to promote 2010 as “The Year of Mark Twain,” according to HCVB Executive Director Beau Hicks this recognition by the state represents a major advantage for Hannibal tourism in 2010.
“As we look to 2010 and work hard with the Mark Twain Home to build this historic year … being featured on the cover of the state’s number one promotional tool is a real victory and should just in itself provide us a boost in 2010,” he said.
Next year will mark the 175th anniversary of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) birth, the 125th anniversary of Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the 100th anniversary of his death. Hannibal tourism partners are inviting the world to join them in a 365-day celebration of Twain’s life.
The Hannibal CVB along with the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum are planning many special events throughout the year of 2010. They are currently working to have President Obama officially designate 2010 as “The Year of Mark Twain.” 
Hicks sites the importance and the opportunity that this anniversary provides.
“This (2010) gives us a chance to remind America and the world of our most famous writer and to remind the world that the town that inspired American literatures most famous adventure (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) is still alive and thriving off of the legacy that Mark Twain left us,” he said. “We also are working to ensure that the legacy will remain for generations to come by attempting to raise $10 million for the Mark Twain Boyhood Home Foundation by the end of 2010.”
Hicks says more major announcements can be anticipated in the weeks and months ahead regarding special plans surrounding the celebration of “The Year of Mark Twain.”