Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau

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"People, partnership, and personality." Those are the three things the new head of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau says will drive the organization. This morning, the bureau's board of directors introduced Dave Herrell, from Jacksonville, Florida, as the new President and CEO of the organization.

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More visitors spent more money in the Illinois Quad Cities last year. The Illinois Office of Tourism recently released its statistics for 2017. Last year, people who visited Rock Island County contributed more than $223 million to the local economy, an increase of 2.7% compared to 2016.

RAGBRAI Route To Be Announced This Weekend

Jan 25, 2018
RAGBRAI

Once again, Davenport might be the last stop on a long trip through Iowa.  The Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, also known as RAGBRAI, will announce the route this weekend.  

Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau

Once again, residents of the Quad Cities are being asked to visit the Quad Cities. This weekend, the Convention and Visitors Bureau will sponsor the 17th annual "Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard."

Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau

Quad Cities hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions will offer year-long discounts.  For the 17th year, the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau is promoting "Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard."  

Spokeswoman Jessica Waytenick, says the businesses gave away 3,000 wristbands last summer.

Airbnb

People in Iowa who rent their homes to visitors will soon have to start collecting hotel and motel taxes. Airbnb has signed an agreement with the state department of revenue that goes into effect November lst.

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Over 50 local businesses are asking residents to take a vacation this weekend in the Quad Cities. The Convention & Visitors Bureau will host its 16th annual "Be A Tourist in Your Own Backyard Weekend" beginning on January 13.

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A strong start to the new year for the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau. It reports events already scheduled for 2016 will have an estimated economic impact of 14 million dollars - about a 10 per cent increase over this time a year ago.

Herb Trix reports.

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Some monkeys, lions, and snow leopards need financial help. A new group of community leaders, called the Niabi Zoo Oversight Committee, will try to improve operations at the zoo in Coal Valley. 

Local residents are invited to take a vacation without leaving town this weekend. It's the 14th annual "Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard Weekend," sponsored by the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Spokeswoman Jessica Waytenick  says 45 businesses, restaurants, attractions, and hotels will participate, offering discounts and special promotions.  She says one of the most popular deals is a coupon for free admission to the Putnam Museum, after the purchase of one ticket. Other specials include cheaper rates and meals at the Hotel Blackhawk and 14 other hotels.