Posted Online: Sept. 28, 2012, 10:20 am
Q-C welcomes 45 members of Midwest Travel Writers Association
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Press release submitted by Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
Quad Cities – On October 3 through 6, 2012, the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomes 45 members of Midwest Travel Writers Association (MTWA) to our region for their annual fall conference. The Quad Cities won the bid for the conference over such destinations as Ontario, Cincinnati and Louisville.
MTWA is America's oldest professional travel journalist organization. The organization recently celebrated its 60th Anniversary. The MTWA holds two conferences each year at a different destination in the spring and fall. While at the host destination, the travel writers take a variety of tours highlighting attractions, dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities for leisure travelers. These conferences are actually super-sized familiarization tours for the travel media.
"Once these writers leave the Quad Cities, they will produce a wealth of travel stories for magazines and newspapers that promote our region to visitors from across the Midwest," said Charlotte Doehler-Morrison, VP Marketing & Communications, Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. "In turn, these stories generate interest and publicity for the Quad Cities and help bring more visitors to our area."
MTWA members write for such magazines as AAA Living, Midwest Living, The Iowan, and Chicago Magazine. Additionally, stories appear in a variety of newspapers including Chicago Tribune, Journal & Topics, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Louis Post Dispatch, and Indianapolis Star.
"We are thrilled to be coming to the Quad Cities for our 2012 Conference," said Mary Lu Laffey, MTWA Board. "As professional travel writers, we have made storytelling our life's work and this destination has many stories to tell from culture to family, outdoor recreation and golf, to dining and shopping, and history. What's makes it all even more wonderful is it al happens along the backdrop of the mighty Mississippi River. For writers, it just doesn't get any better than this!"
The host hotels for the conference are the Radisson Quad City Plaza and Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport. While in the Quad Cities, the travel writers take a variety of themed tours. They will also enjoy an opening reception at the River Music Experience, dinner on the Celebration Belle, performance at Circa 21' Dinner Playhouse, and a closing reception at the Hotel Blackhawk. The opening reception features a Taste of the Quad Cities, highlighting local foods, wines, beers and spirits.
"Securing this conference is a great opportunity for the Quad Cities," said Doehler-Morrison. "These writers will be touring our area, dining, shopping and enjoying our attractions, and entertainment options. We are looking forward to showcasing our region and reading the stories they produce after they leave the Quad Cities."
Some of the tours the writers will be enjoying include: John Deere History & Agricultural Tour; Day at the Museums Tour; Bike & Explore Tour, Try Your Luck Casino Tour; Rock Island Arsenal Tour; Shop Till You Drop Tour; Beer & Spirits Tour; Photo Tour; Quad Cities 101 Tour; and Off the Beaten Path Tour featuring attractions that are unusual and unique to the Quad Cities.
Each travel writer chooses tours based on their story interests and on the publications they write for. This ensures that each writer is getting the story line that best fits their needs.
Sponsors and funding assistance for the MTWA Conference was provided by Deere & Company, Riverboat Development Authority, Jumer's Casino & Hotel, Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf, RiverCenter/Adler Theatre, Hotel Blackhawk, Radisson Quad City Plaza, Great Rivers Country, Iowa Tourism Office, Experience Quad Cities, LeClaire Tourism Office, and the Cities of Moline, Bettendorf, Rock Island, and Davenport.
Good Photo Opportunities: Wednesday, October 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Opening Reception, River Music Experience
Thursday, October 4, 8:00 a.m. – Bus Loading for Tours, Hotel Blackhawk
Saturday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. – Closing Dinner, Bettendorf Room, Hotel Blackhawk