Quad Cities tourism promoters say the Illinois stop gap budget opened the door for them to work on their plans for the year.
A spokesperson from the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors bureau says the budget makes it possible for the area to compete with other states as a tourism destination. It doesn’t do as much as a long-term budget, but the agency says the stop gap spending plan makes it possible to start marketing initiatives.
“Although we still want a budget, we still need a budget, the stop gap funding that’s in place for the Illinois Department of Tourism and the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau are very good,” said Joe Taylor, Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau President.
The Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau received more than $20,000 more than last fiscal year. It comes in time for the fall 2016 and summer 2017 travel seasons.