Sports marketing is a niche that brings thousands of people to the Riverbend each year, and there may be a new offerings announced soon. Mainstays on the local scene include the numerous ASA Softball tournamets, but ice skating and swimming has been added to the mix in the past 12 months, according to Brett Stawar, President of the Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

He says another big tournament is also coming together.

Stawar comments

Last May brought a basic skills qualifying tournament for young figure skaters to the East Alton Ice Arena. He says a group was formed about a year ago, joining tourism officials, park and recreation departments, event promoters and venues together to try and work together to bring more and better events to the region.

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