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PDI Participated in TFI's Tourism Showcase


Rep Dotzler _Pantini _Bailey
Rep Dotzler, Wayne Pantini and Terry Bailey
Rep Drake _Pantini _Bailey
Rep Drake, Wayne Pantini and Terry Bailey

Iowa tourism supporters hosted the 25th annual Tourism Showcase for Legislators at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. 

More than 60 Iowa communities, attractions and organizations showcased at the event in an effort to remind Iowa Legislators about the abundance of “Things to Do” in our great state and how important tourism is to the Iowa economy and employment. 

PDI was among other tourism leaders who visited with Legislators to thank them for their past support of tourism development and promotion and to discuss the challenge of finding funds to promote Iowa. 

“The Travel Federation of Iowa and our members are always pleased to talk to our elected officials about the benefit Tourism has on the state.  Those who travel to, and in, Iowa contribute greatly to our cities, all 99 counties and the state as a whole.  While tourism isn’t always a physical address or a single place, the travel industry is a major industry in Iowa,” said Aaron Buzza, President of the Travel Federation of Iowa. 

Tourism is Iowa’s eighth largest employer. In 2012, travelers in Iowa generated over $7.6 billion in revenue, 64,400 jobs, and a payroll of $1.17 billion at local businesses in communities throughout the state. Those figures represent increases of 5.6%, 1.7% and 4.7% respectively.  These dollars in turn, generated $450.7 million in state and local tax receipts for Iowa.  The state tax collections of $345.4 million in 2012 represent growth of 4.8% from 2011.   

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