Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

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A baker's dozen of monumental sculptures will be coming to Rockford later in June. 

John Groh, President and CEO of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, said a public display of sculptures in 2015 proved to be very popular, and there seems to be an appetite for more. Groh said the Bureau and its partners had hoped to bring ten sculptures to the city – up from nine by two artists that were on display a couple of years ago. But Groh says fundraising exceeded expectations, and thirteen works by nine artists will make Rockford their home for the next two years.

Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Tuesday morning, a new calendar featuring watercolors of Rockford locations was unveiled.  The artist traveled from her home in France to attend the event that began 815 Day in Rockford. 

A crowd gathered on the terrace at the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau clapped, cheered and shot off confetti to mark the official release of the “Paint the Town” calendar.  

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Tourism revenue in Rockford and Winnebago County reached an all-time high last year.

Data from the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau reports visitors spent $353 million and generated $6.2 million in local sales tax. Their data also says tourism spending in Winnebago County rose by 39% since 2009. This was second only to growth in Chicago and Cook County.

Project Time Off

Travel agencies across the country are promoting January 31 as National Plan for Vacation Day.  

The move was spurred by a U.S. Travel Association study that showed people are taking fewer vacation days than in years past.  It said that, between 1976 and 2000, people used 20.6 vacation days on average.  However, in 2015, that average dropped to 16.2 days.  Debbie Armstrong, Executive Director of the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau, says this lack of time off can have negative effects.  

Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Thinking about attending Rockford’s Stroll on State this Saturday, Nov. 28? Well, now there’s an app to help you plan out your evening.

The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau says the new interactive "Plan Your Stroll" application, available at strollonstate.com, will allow people to pick what events and attractions they want to attend.  They can then create a personalized map to help them navigate Stroll on State the night of the event.