CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) — Japanese Iowans are doing extra leisure journey this summer season and throughout the state, Iowans are getting out and having fun with the state parks, indicating that life is returning to regular.
The Iowa Tourism Workplace is sweetening the deal for Iowans and vacationers alike with weekly drawings for reward playing cards to gasoline highway journeys and prizes for visiting a few of Iowa’s points of interest utilizing one of many Workplace’s digital passports.
State parks have been standard locations in the course of the pandemic.
Jessica O’Riley is the Tourism Communications Supervisor for the Iowa Tourism Workplace.
“The development has continued for 2021. Individuals are nonetheless having fun with being open air at these state parks and exploring their outside areas,” O’Riley mentioned.
On the Japanese Iowa Airport, about 1,900 passengers are flying out on a regular basis for leisure journey.
That is about 75% of the airport’s pre-pandemic common variety of every day passengers and per a development throughout the Midwest for leisure journey.
Pam Hinman is the Director Advertising and marketing & Communications for Japanese Iowa Airport.
“The variety of individuals touring now — this can be a lot of leisure journey – no shock as a result of it’s the summer season. The true check for everybody — for all airports, all airways — is when is enterprise journey going to choose up,” Hinman mentioned.
The airport did a common examine of key enterprise within the area to find out when that enterprise journey will choose up.
Primarily based on the responses they obtained from bigger employers round Cedar Rapids they anticipate that to be within the third or 4th quarter.
Within the meantime, the airways, automobile rental firms and airport eating places are all searching for assist — one more indicator of life returning to regular.
The tourism workplace says tourism within the state is up 7.7% for July 4th vacation weekend.
In 2019, tourism was a $9 billion trade using about 70,000 individuals throughout the state and contributing greater than $500 million in state taxes.