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St. Louis crime rank could hurt tourism

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – After being named the most dangerous city in the country, the St. Louis Convention and Visitor’s Commission is trying to clear concerns about traveling to the city.

“We don’t think the ranking has caused any long term effect or damage,” said St. Louis Convention and Visitor’s Commission President Kitty Ratcliffe. “We do have to deal with people’s concerns after they hear the report.”

When organizers of a major business group had second thoughts on traveling to the city in August 2011, Ratcliffe said the St. Louis Convention and Visitor’s Commission had to reassure the organization that it is okay to travel here because the crime rate in St. Louis actually ranks lower than other cities when suburban data is figured in.

“Perception can be reality,” Ratcliffe said. “We do have clients from time to time that hear or see the report and ask us about it, but we are able to stem that damage.”

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