Illinois

Winnebago County Sees Tourism Growth

Tourist spending in Rockford and Winnebago counties has continues to rise year after year—in 2015 it reached $349.91 million, a 3 percent increase from the previous year, according to the Illinois Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism.

"We are delighted to see such strong results again this year for the tourism economy in Winnebago County," says Roberta Holzwarth, board chair, Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Sustained economic growth is crucial as we transform our region.”

Home Chef Delivers Fresh Ingredients to Busy Planners' Doorsteps

Looking for a way to still cook meals at home but just don’t have the time to do it all? Home Chef is a food delivery service with a fresh twist. Great for working professionals like planners, the company makes meal planning and grocery shopping a breeze by giving you meal ideas, shopping for you, portioning everything out and delivering fresh ingredients to your doorstep. All you have to do is cook.

Pirates Success Leads to Fiscal Success for Pittsburgh

While the Pittsburgh Pirates are done for the series, they did qualify for post-season play, and this qualification, likely led to a significant economic boost for the Pittsburgh area, according to Visit Pittsburgh and Pirates estimates.

Winter Is in the Air

All planners know the importance of looking ahead—the earlier the details fall into place, the less stress one has to deal with as the event nears.

A smattering of event venues have started holding receptions decorated for holiday parties to give planners an idea of what a holiday event would look like there and to have soirees booked far in advance. We know Christmas in July sounds crazy, but it really is a planner’s dream. With all the heat and sunshine, winter feels light-years away.

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