The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented 27 awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry — including recognition of the Quad-Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau and DeWitt Chamber & Development Company — at a ceremony Oct. 26 in Sioux City hosted by the Iowa Tourism Office.

The bureau won in the Outstanding New Event (Metro) category for Quad-Cities Tourism Week in May 2017. The bureau hosted several events during Quad-Cities Tourism Week for the public, partners and elected officials about the positive impact tourism has on the Quad -City economy.

“Receiving the best event award for Quad Cities Tourism Week was particularly appreciated because so many partners, like the Quad-Cities Lodging Association, participated and made the event a great success for our community,” said Joe Taylor, bureau president and CEO.

DeWitt Chamber & Development Company earned the Outstanding Niche Marketing Initiative (Rural) category.

“The Iowa Tourism Awards recognize exceptional work by passionate tourism individuals and organizations,” said Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office. “We appreciate our many partners who provide memorable traveler experiences and grow the state’s economy through their efforts.”

“These awards represent the best of the best in the state,” said Andy Milam, president of the Travel Federation of Iowa. “The award ceremony gives us a chance to celebrate their efforts.”

Tourism in Iowa generates more than $8.06 billion in expenditures and $466 million in state taxes, and employs 67,400 people statewide. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

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