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Communities, citizens honored with tourism awards

DES MOINES (KWWL)--Tourists seem to be flocking to the state of Iowa.

This year, tourism grew by more than two percent... That's about one million more visitor's to our state.

The state tourism office reports travel spending created $303 million in tax state revenue.

In 2008,  tourists brought in $6.4 billion to our state.

An award ceremony honored several Eastern Iowa communities and citizens for their efforts to bringing people to the state.

19 tourism awards were distributed at the Iowa Tourism Conference in Tama Thursday.

The Dubuque-area came home with four awards: hospitality in tourism, the event of the year award for the America's River Festival, and the attraction of the year award for the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.  The county of the year award also went to Dubuque County.

Cedar Falls was named the community of the year. The Phelps Youth Pavilion in Waterloo was awarded in the tourism and the arts category and State Senator Heff Danielson of Cedar Falls was named the Iowa legislative friend of tourism.

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