June 28, 2017 – Joe Taylor of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau (QCCVB) presented Commission Chair Carol Earnhardt with the 2017 Trails for Health Award from American Trails.  The award was given to Bi-State Regional Commission, Quad City Health Initiative, and Be Healthy QC for their combined efforts on the QCTrails.org website.

The groundbreaking for Bettendorf’s BettPlex sports center was held on July 5.  There has been an increase in the number of sporting events of all kinds in the Quad Cities region, including softball tournaments.

The Illinois Office of Tourism introduced a new “Takeover Day” program, in which area convention and visitors bureaus take over the Office of Tourism’s social media.  QCCVB participated in this program on July 28.

Jodi Hansen of the Muscatine County Visitors Bureau (MCVB) presented a new branding initiative for Muscatine County.  The new branding will be a result of public/private partnership and will be used to increase tourism and economic development in the county.

The Merrill Hotel and Conference Center will be located in the riverfront district of downtown Muscatine and will be the city’s only full service hotel upon completion.  With approximately 122 rooms, the hotel will be a catalyst for tourism and economic growth in Muscatine.

Cheryl Osborne of the Henry County Visitors Bureau (HCVB) informed Commissioners that the new HCVB website launched on April 7, 2017.  The goal of the site is to increase visitors and provide information about tourism in the area.  HCVB is also looking to increase social media presence and engagement with the community, particularly with younger audiences.