QCA tourism stretches past summer months

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QUAD CITIES (KWQC) – Summer may be over but Quad Cities events are going strong.

“We had a great summer,” said Joe Taylor, president/CEO Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau. “August in particular was extremely busy.”

Taylor said it’s hard to keep track of how many events happened last month, let alone all summer.

“Tug Fest, Palmer Alumni Homecoming, other events that I can’t even recall now at this point,” Taylor said. “August was an extraordinarily good month.”

He said despite some events switching months tourism remained strong.

“Hotel occupancy for July was up two percent, and that’s spectacular when you realize the John Deere Classic was held in August,” Taylor said.

Now, Taylor said, the summer’s good fortune is now spilling over into outlying months.

“As our weekends in the summer continue to fill up we see new events and new activities moving to that May or September timeframe,” Taylor said.
Events like Brew Ha Ha, taking place tomorrow, Sept. 17, 2016.

“We’re going to have over 170 kinds of beers available for people to sample,” said event coordinator Neil Berthiaume.

The beer festival is happening from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Davenport’s riverfront. Berthiaume said it is a great end to an event filled summer in the QCA.

“We have beautiful weather, it’s a great opportunity for people to kind of get outside one of those last times of the year before everybody gets tucked away for the winter,” he said.

Taylor said Quad Cities tourism is very strong from April through October. He said the bureau is now working on offering more to do in the winter months.

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