Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard weekend results


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Posted Online: Jan. 22, 2013, 2:55 pm
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Press release submitted by Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau


Quad Cities – The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau (QCCVB) announced today that the 12th annual "Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard" weekend was a success. The event was promoted through news stories, QCCVB social media channels, along with television, radio and newspaper advertising.

Each year, the QCCVB holds its annual "Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard" weekend to promote tourism to residents and visitors to the Quad Cities.

During this year's event, the QCCVB promoted discounted prices and activities for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend with a special coupon booklet. Over 15 local hotels/motels offered special rates and packages for the weekend. And 25 area attractions, businesses, stores, spas, and restaurants offered discounts.

Due to this effort and the response by Quad Cities' area residents and visitors, 175 hotel rooms at 16 participating hotels were booked specifically for the promotion.

Other businesses were pleased with the promotion. There were over 250 people at the event the Moline Public Library hosted on Saturday. Ski Snowstar said it was their best year for activity, and over 2,400 visited the John Deere Pavilion. As first-time Be a Tourist participants, the Mississippi River Distillery had over 250 people take a tour, and Isabel Bloom had to offer a third production tour on Saturday because the first two sold out so quickly. The Family Museum reported that because of the promotion they had visitors who have lived in the community for years but had never visited the Family Museum before. Also the Quad City Mallards had a record-setting weekend with their largest attendance in consecutive nights since 2004 with over 13,000 fans.

This year's coupon books were again a big hit. "The 1,500 books were all picked up," said Jessica Waytenick, QCCVB Public Relations & Marketing Manager. Also there were over 4,000 visitors to the Be a Tourist Weekend webpage at www.visitquadcities.com, where almost 7,000 coupons total were downloaded from the site which is 1000 more than last year.

"We are extremely pleased with this year's results for Be a Tourist Weekend, and we thank our residents and visitors for supporting tourism in the Quad Cities," said Ms. Waytenick. "Be a Tourist Weekend has become an annual event that people really look forward to and appreciate the coupon offers."

There are a lot of great attractions, events, and activities for residents to take advantage of right here in the Quad Cities. Visit the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau's website at www.visitquadcities.com or stop by any of the Visitor Information Centers for a free 2013 Visitors Guide. The Visitor Centers are located at:
· Quad Cities Gifts & Souvenirs, 1601 River Drive, Moline, Ill. Hours: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
· Visitor Center at Union Station, 102 S. Harrison, Davenport, Iowa. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.



















 




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