Like every other industry, the visitor industry has faced some setbacks over the past year. But it has also taken steps forward - some big and some small. It's time now to recognize those successes and acknowledge there is reason to be cautiously optimistic.

RACVB Bookings Up 42%
Despite the down economy, the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau finished strong in its fiscal year ending June 30, 2010. RACVB's group sales team generated 42 percent more business in fiscal year 2010 than it did during the preceding year. The team worked with industry partners to attract sports tournaments, conventions, meetings and other events that will fill hotel rooms and generate money for restaurants, retailers, and other businesses in the Rockford Region. These events will fill an estimated 78,000 hotel rooms compared to 54,900 rooms booked during FY09.