EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a monthly column provided by the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau that discusses the tourism events on the horizon.
This fall season has been another one for the record books. While the final numbers have yet to be tallied, we are certain that many of our hospitality-oriented businesses in the region saw growth over last year, or at least maintained their healthy fall pace. We can attribute growth to many factors, but most importantly Mother Nature played nice with some pretty spectacular October weather, especially on the weekends.
As we edge into the winter months, the CVB has completed its holiday guide direct mailing inviting everyone to the Meeting of the Great Rivers-All Around Alton, Illinois. We have also distributed the guide locally at many of the attractions and businesses. And, so we could capture those late leaf peepers, we also completed local distribution of the 2015 Eagle Watcher’s Guide. Our feathered friends are packing their bags and starting their journey down to be with us for the winter. Internally, we are also preparing for our new 2015 Visitor Guide with expanded pages to complement some great new photography and themes we have developed. Also, if you have not been into the Alton Visitor Center lately, we invite you to come down to visit with us. We have freed up quite a bit of space in the main lobby, allowing us to have our information better organized and our gift shop items showcased with a bit better display. We are also working on future plans of the Alton Visitor Center to include upgraded restrooms, flooring, paint and more. The next 12 months will continue to be a time of growth and renewal for your regional visitor center at the heart of the Meeting of the Great Rivers, Great River Road and Downtown Alton.
Don’t forget to brag about our region to all of your friends, colleagues and family. Invite them into town for the holidays and showcase this great place we have along the banks of the great rivers. Use www.VisitAlton.com as your primary source for ideas, showcasing and information. Here’s to a great holiday season. Let the fun begin!
Stawar is president and CEO of the CVB, which works for the vested interests of hospitality partners in northwestern Madison County and all of Jersey and Calhoun counties.