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The Quad Cities will welcome more than 18,000 new visitors to the area next year. The QCA is becoming more of an attraction, adding millions of dollars to an already healthy hospitality industry.

According to the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, 27 new events are expected to take place in the QCA during 2013. Those events alone will bring 18,500 visitors, adding another $4 million to the local hospitality industry.

"We want to make sure that we get as many visitors as possible to the Quad Cities," said Joe Taylor, QCCVB President. "In a nut shell, it means we're importing cash." Taylor said it is the "out-of-towner" that keeps the Quad Cities economy thriving.

"If they buy anything, if they shop, if they spend any kind of time in the Quad Cities, they're spending dollars."

And the only way to ensure that people visit the QCA, is to ensure that businesses plan their events in the QCA.

"If we didn't land that business, if it went somewhere else, that community would then benefit." So, the QCCVB has been working hard to make sure prospective visitors don't pass us by.

"It may be going to a trade show, maybe advertising, perhaps it's a lead from web sites, perhaps it's a relationship that we've built over many, many years." Taylor said there are three very attractive qualities about the Quad Cities that make his job easy --

"We're accessible, we have activities, lots of things to see and do and we're affordable. We have one of the most affordable rates of doing business anywhere in the United States."

That's why almost 30 new events have been added to next year's calendar. And there's still time to add more.