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Written by Aleshia Chiesa   
Friday, 25 July 2014 13:25

WHO: As SouthPark Mall’s redevelopment continues, Gulliver’s Travel has now relocated and opened near the south entrance by JCPenney and across from One Stop Salon. Whether you are looking forward to the beach or a trip to the mountains this summer, Gulliver’s Travel is your gateway to a perfect vacation.

SouthPark Mall’s redevelopment continues as more than 200,000 sq. ft. of space will be demolished. With this, the food court glass dome and the red canopy entrance have been removed. As construction continues, more stores are moving and creating better locations for guests.

SouthPark Mall continues to bring new retailers along with expanded stores to further enhance the appeal and attraction for the local community. All stores are open during the construction phase as these enhancements are brought to the center.

WHAT: In preparation for the first day of school, a fashion show will be held in Younkers Court for the fall back to school season on August 2 at 2:00pm. Retailers like Claire’s Boutique, Icing, Four Seasons and Christopher & Banks will be headlining as Clear Channel’s Mark Manuel will emcee. The National Geographic Kids Club will be held at 1:00pm on August 16 where kids will learn about insects, making crafts and enjoying fun activities.

For more information on free, fun events, and updates on the redevelopment visit or follow us on Twitter @SouthParkMallIL and like us on Facebook at

WHEN: Gulliver’s Travel – Now Open

Fashion Show – August 2 at 2:00pm

Kids Club – August 16 at 1:00pm

WHERE: Gulliver’s Travel – South mall entrance near JCPenney and across from One Stop Salon

Fashion Show – Younkers Court

National Geographic Kids Club – Younkers Court

Only a few cabins left! Travel to GERMANY with GAHC! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by G A H C   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 07:42
Blue Horizon Travel Time

Cruise the Rivers of Southern Germany
August 20-27 2015!
Deposit $250 per person and SAVE 10% off cruise!

Only a few cabins left!

Once again Linda Meadors of Blue Horizon is partnering with the German American Heritage Center for a journey to southern Germany's most picturesque villages traversing along four of its most famous rivers- the Moselle, Rhine, Main, and the Danube Canal. We will board the new Avalon Visionary in Remich, Luxembourg traveling east to Nuremberg with stops in the former Roman city of Trier, the vineyard and castle villages of Cochem & Koblenz, through the famous Rhine Gorge, and into one of Germany's most photographed villages, Rudesheim. Along the way our Avalon cruise director will provide lectures with tales of the ancient castles that stand sentry on lofty cliffs rising 400 feet above the waters.

Bavaria is famous for its half-timbered houses, flower-box laden balconies & onion-shaped church domes. Along the Main River you will step back into medieval times in Miltenberg with its Gothic architecture, Wurzburg (the pearl of the Romantic Road) and UNESCO World Heritage Site, 13th Century Bamberg. Our cruise disembarkation takes place in Nuremberg where our optional German Heritage Tour begins.

3 cabin categories
(priced per person double occupancy without discount)
$3,098 pp lower deck cabin w/window; $3.898 pp middle deck suite w /balcony $3,998 pp upper deck suite with balcony - Call now! Cabins sell out quickly! 309-912-4888
$2,395 pp dbl occ based on current exchange rate plus air

This custom tour is led by the Executive Director of Davenport's own German American Heritage Center, Janet Brown-Lowe. Designed as a companion to the river cruise, we will spend two nights in three of Bavaria's most beautiful and historic cities: Nordlingen located on the picturesque Romantic Road; Alpine Oberammergau famous for wood carving and the Passion Play; and Kaiserslautern, the sister-city of Davenport. If your ancestors emigrated from this region, let us know! As a custom tour, Linda can modify our routing to the interests of our participants. Tour requires a minimum of 15 people.
German American Heritage Center
712 West 2nd Street Davenport, 563-322-8844

Braley Announces Resources for Cedar Rapids Airport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:49

Congressman: Resources will allow airport  to continue to grow and thrive     

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today announced that the Cedar Rapids Airport Commission has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant will give the Eastern Iowa Airport $6,051,490 to expand and improve their terminal.  

“The Eastern Iowa Airport is a growing part of the Cedar Rapids economy and an essential part of the eastern Iowa community,” Braley said. “These resources will ensure that the airport can continue to serve consumers and businesses all over the region.”  

The grant will fund the first of four phases to renovate the main terminal lobby in the ticketing, waiting and baggage claim areas to improve passenger circulation and operation. More information can be found at the U.S. Department of Transportation.  



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Attention Illinois Travelers: Learn about passenger rail service PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Project Team   
Monday, 14 July 2014 08:06

The Illinois Division of Public and Intermodal Transportation launched their new website today, where you will find news and events, Amtrak service information and schedules, as well as special online promotions. You can access interactive maps, general ridership information, and fast facts about traveling by rail. Also, learn about new rail lines coming soon from Chicago to Rockford/Dubuque and Chicago to the Quad Cities.

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Governor Quinn Announces Record-Breaking Visitors to Illinois in 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Friday, 11 July 2014 13:01

Visits Chloe Stirling at Culinary Camp to Highlight Illinois’ Status as a Premiere Food Destination

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois had its third consecutive record-breaking year for tourism by welcoming nearly 105.7 million visitors in 2013. The Governor made the announcement during a visit with Chloe Stirling at the Kendall College Culinary Camp in Chicago where the 12-year-old entrepreneur is perfecting her baking skills along with other young culinary students. Today’s event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to increase tourism, create jobs and drive economic development throughout Illinois.

“It is inspiring to see so many culinary students like Chloe sharpening their talents in the kitchen," Governor Quinn said. "Many of our state's young students are taking their energy and creativity to grow vibrant culinary businesses, which has helped established Illinois as a food destination. We continue to see record numbers of visitors in the state thanks in large part to our excellent restaurant industry. From our state's natural treasures to our museums and one-of-a-kind dining experiences, tourism is thriving in the Land of Lincoln."

In addition to the record setting number of U.S. visitors to Illinois, the state welcomed nearly 2.2 million international visitors in 2013, up 3 percent from the previous year. One of the strongest growth sectors in 2013 was leisure travel, up 5.7 percent from 2012. Visitors spent $34.5 billion in Illinois in 2013, generating nearly $2.6 billion in state and local tax revenues.

In addition, the Illinois tourism industry workforce also grew to 301,100 in 2013, adding 2,400 new jobs to the state. These impressive numbers, provided by D.K. Shifflet & Associates Ltd., highlight the tourism industry’s vital contributions to Illinois’ economic growth, job creation and tax revenue.

“The positive growth numbers showcase the key role the tourism industry plays in Illinois’ economy,” Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Adam Pollet said. “Attracting more visitors to Illinois has resulted in an increase in tax revenue coming into the state and added new high-quality jobs for Illinoisans.”

The Governor today also announced that Kendall College will, for the first time ever, partner with the Illinois Office of Tourism, a division of DCEO, to help plan the Governor's Conference on Travel and Tourism. Planning and promotion for the conference, which will run from Feb. 2-4, 2015, will be built into the curriculum for Kendall hospitality management students who will work alongside state tourism industry leaders to gain hands-on experience.

“The continued increase in U.S. and international visitors to Illinois year-over-year proves that both leisure and business travelers are increasingly considering Illinois as a premier travel destination,” Illinois Office of Tourism Deputy Director Jen Hoelzle said. “Our strong international marketing partnership with Brand USA and new initiatives to reach domestic travelers, like the MiniAbe campaign, are inspiring travelers from around the world to discover all that Illinois has to offer.”

Many travelers come to Illinois or extend their stays because of the state’s thriving restaurant and culinary scene. The Chicago area, for example, hosts 25 Michelin-starred restaurants and 10 that have won a James Beard Award, the industry’s highest accolade.

Overall, restaurants account for 515,600 jobs in Illinois, about 9 percent of the state’s employment.

The Governor visited Chloe and her parents at their Troy home last month to sign legislation, known as the "Cupcake Bill," to support home kitchen businesses in Illinois. The new law will help young entrepreneurs looking to get into the culinary field by making business opportunities more available and help drive the state’s economy forward. Chloe, her mother, Heather, her sister, Sophie and her grandparents all visited the Kendall College camp today.

Kendall College in Chicago hosts a series of hands-on summer culinary camps designed for young students and taught by qualified Kendall instructors at the school's state-of-the-art campus. For more information, visit:


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