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Cedar Rapids area sees growth in tourism spending

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A study completed by Certec, Inc. finds that travel and tourism spending in Cedar Rapids was up $440 million in 2011, up 4.9% from 2009.

The study is conducted for the Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CRACVB) every other year.

Payroll income and jobs directly attributed to travel spending totaled $101 million and nearly 5,600 jobs in 2011, up from 5,400 jobs in 2009. State tax generated from visitors to Linn County in 2011 totaled $31.7 million and local tax $12 million, up from $29 million and $11 million, respectively. Destination travelers to Cedar Rapids/Linn County totaled nearly 2.4 million persons in 2011, compared to 2.3 million in 2009.

 "The increase in expenditures and travelers is great news for the Cedar Rapids area. Visitors bring new money into the area and their spending helps create thousands of jobs in our community," said CEO of the CRACVB Marilee Fowler in a news release.
 
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