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Quad Cities visitor spending increases

People who visit the Quad Cities have been spending more money. The convention and visitors bureau reports that last year, tourists spent six percent more in Rock Island County compared to 2010. And Scott County's "visitor expenditures" increased ten percent for the same period. That's according to figures from the US Travel Association.

Joe Taylor, the bureau's president and CEO, says a combination of advantages attract people to the Quad Cities. For example, it's affordable and family-friendly compared to other midwest destinations. In addition, his organization has worked hard to market the area more efficiently and economic growth has also helped.

Even though, businesses and government agencies may have been cutting their budgets, Taylor says many individuals are willing to spend money on their hobbies and family getaways.

Last year, Taylor says tourists spent a total of 767 million dollars in Rock Island and Scott counties, and they supported more than 7,500 jobs.