The protests, looting and violence in Ferguson that became national news over the past three weeks has had an impact on local tourism, according to the head of the Alton Regional Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.  Brett Stawar says he has fielded calls in recent weeks from concerned travelers from far away places and from the St. Louis Metro as well.

While there’s a saying that all publicity is good publicity, Stawar says that is not the case in this situation.

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During the height of the unrest, officers from several municipalities in north St. Louis County were called in to help restore order after looters hit more than a dozen businesses along West Florissant Avenue near Interstate 270.  A QuikTrip in the area was looted and set on fire with a number of other businesses also being ransacked during the early days of the unrest.  The Ferguson area has been relatively quiet since late last week.

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