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Bix Boosts Local Businesses

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Local businesses said Saturday the estimated 20,000 Bix walkers and runners gave the area a significant economic boost.

The Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau said it's not sure what the impact of this year's race is yet. But it estimates it will be similar to previous Bix weekends that brought about $2 – 3 million into the area, according President/CEO Joe Taylor.

KWQC talked to a handful of area businesses Saturday who said they had been too busy to stop and count how many guests they've had or how much money they've spent, but they know it was a lot.

Staffers at the Barrel House in Davenport added this year's turnout at their business was much larger than last year's.

Meanwhile, other stores and other restaurants we talked to said they probably didn't fare as well as some area bars and pubs, but business was still better than usual.

Several hotels also said they were seeing a lot of visitors -- but they weren't completely booked from the Bix. Joe Taylor explained why that might be.

"One of the trends we've had over the years is we've build a lot more hotels," he said. "There are a lot more hotel rooms than there were 10, 15, or 20 years ago."

The Convention and Visitors Bureau also said it expects many of this weekend's visitors to return ... Or to tell others about the Quad Cities - that's expected to boost tourism here in general.

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