Attracting visitors from far away places continues to be one of the successes of the Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Even with Illinois' financial quagmire lingering, tourism statistics show travelers are picking destinations in Illinois on a routine basis. Travel writers and buyers from foreign countries made more trips to the Riverbend in 2014 according to a local tourism official.
CVB spokesman Jong Cambron tells The Big Z the writers were shown the regional attractions that their readers seem to be most interested in. Also on the trip were travel buyers.
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He says tourism is an economic development tool, creating jobs and revenue, and in most cases is self-sufficient.