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The Quad Cities attracts lots of "Family-Oriented Frugals," and older residents are more likely to brag about living here.

Those are just a couple of highlights from a survey conducted by Visit Quad Cities earlier this fall.

More than 2,300 people completed the survey, and about 400 of them were visitors.

The results will help the agency develop a master tourism plan. / John Deere

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.

Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Quad Cities' most famous sites are now appearing on TV screens across Illinois. This month, the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau launched three new commercials to attract more tourists.

Bureau spokeswoman, Charlotte Morrison, says the 30-second spots took four months to produce, with help from MotionSix Creative, a production company in East Moline. The commercials target baby boomers, millennials, and families. And feature local residents and historic landmarks.