2014 Convention Preview

December  30, 2013

      At least one sector of the economy is looking forward to a good year in 2014. The Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau says conventions, meetings, and military reunions will bring more than 25,000 people here in the coming year, and they'll boost the local economy by at least 7.5 million dollars.

      President and ceo, Joe Taylor, says the word is getting out that the Quad Cities is accessible and affordable.

      "Meeting planners and  sports planners know that a dollar spent here stretches a long way, certainly further than in some major metro areas. We're looking forward to another great year in tourism with really significant growth."

      Events coming in 2014 range from the annual meeting of the Iowa Ready Mix Concrete Association, and Upper Mississippi River Conference, to Handbell Musicians of America, and Midwest Clown Association Annual Round Up. Taylor says one of the largest events will be the Gathering of the Green - a meeting held every two years for John Deere enthusiasts. 

      "If you're restoring an antique John Deere tractor or you're collecting John Deere memorabilia, it's a group that appreciates anything John Deere. And they get together to swap and trade and have workshops."

      Perhaps the biggest event now on the schedule is the ASA softball tournement next summer - an estimated 16-hundred people will spend nearly 29-hundred nights in local motels.