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Economy & Jobs: More than 7.5 million experienced Rockford region in 2016

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Economy & Jobs: More than 7.5 million experienced Rockford region in 2016

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Across the country, cities are celebrating national travel and tourism week and the celebrations are even extending to Rockford.

On Tuesday, the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau help a tourism talks luncheon, bringing tourism and hospital professionals together.

The RACVB says more than 7.5 million people experience the Rockford region’s museums, sports facilities, and entertainment venues last year.

A few different spots saw a significant increase in visitors including the Discovery Center Museum, Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens, and Anderson Japanese Gardens.

RACVB organizers hope to keep the increase in foot traffic moving forward.

“The feedback that we’re getting is really phenomenal from our local citizens and from our our visitors who are noticing that the community’s look is improving and that the activities that are happening throughout the community that are going on downtown are bringing a lot of life and vibrancy and that brings a lot of joy and appreciation from our residents and visitors,” says John Groh, RACVB President.

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