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Written by Illinois Office of Tourism   
Friday, 23 March 2012 10:58

Spring is here, along with new ways to experience Illinois. You can explore the returning flowers at a state park or a Japanese garden. Celebrate the arrival of baseball and golf. Or experience top-rated romantic getaways and family fun. It’s all covered here along with great deals to make a Spring getaway even more tempting.


Garden of the Gods at Shawnee National Forest Spring Scenery
Take in the sites of spring at Starved Rock, Shawnee Hills, Garden of the Gods, Giant City State Park and Matthiessen State Park.
John Deere Pavilion John Deere Pavilion
Explore the re-imagined John Deere Pavilion, now filled with everything from interactive exhibits to rare collectibles.

Anderson Japanese Gardens Scenic Gardens
Spring flowers are in bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Quad City Botanical Center, Anderson Japanese Gardens and Rockome Gardens.
Golf Golf
Match wits with a golf legend at Fyre Lake National Golf Club—designed by Jack Nicklaus—and discover more Illinois golf courses.

175 Days to Love Chicago 175 Days
to Love Chicago

Celebrate Chicago’s 175th birthday during 175 days of festivities that include everything from exclusive deals to marquee events throughout the city.
Discovery Center Museum Discovery Center Museum
Watch the kids explore hands-on exhibits and role-playing settings in this museum rated one of the Top 12 Children’s Museums in the U.S. by Forbes.


Schedule Extension and Early Bird Sale PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessica Wheeler   
Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:30

Just a quick note to let you know what we're up to at Allegiant. Tomorrow we will be extending our schedule, allowing customers to book vacations through November 13, 2012. We know many of our communities have been eagerly awaiting the extension so that they may book their fall travel. Of course, with the schedule extension, we will also announce our extremely popular Early Bird Sale.

(Please note, the links in this email go to landing pages that will not be live on our website until 12 am PST 3/20)

The Early Bird Sale is intended to give the most savings to travelers who book their vacations farthest in advance. Airfare will be as low as $50 one-way on some routes (this includes taxes and fees, however, does not include baggage fees), and travelers who book their air and hotel together will save up to $40 per person off their round trip airfare. Fares must be purchased by April 2, 2012 for travel by November 13, 2012 (for full restrictions and disclaimer, please visit Reservations can be made by visiting

On average, over 20,000 customers book during this time period, many of them saving 30 percent or more on their vacation package. The number of tickets available at the discounted fare will be limited, so we encourage customers to book early for the lowest possible fare.

In 2011, Allegiant customers saved over $5 million on airfare by booking their air and hotel reservations together through Through Allegiant's exclusive hotel packages, our customers received nearly 10,000 free hotel room nights last year. We are proud to offer affordable, convenient vacation packages and look forward to expanding our destination offerings while also making affordable vacations possible for more communities.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions, and please let us know if we can help with any stories you may be working on - now or in the future. We hope to move towards creating a lot of great content focused on our destinations and to collaborate with you to provide interesting and entertaining news about our company. We greatly appreciate your feedback as we move forward, so please let us know your contact, news, pitching, etc. preferences, so that we can continue to improve our communication with you.

Herbert Hoover NHS News Release: National Historic Site Equals Visitors, Money, and Jobs for the Local Economy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 08:08
WEST BRANCH, IOWA— A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 142,512 visitors in 2010 spent more than $7 million in Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and in communities near the park. That spending supported 119 jobs in the local area. “The people and the business owners in communities near national parks have always known their economic value,” park Superintendent Pete Swisher said. “Herbert Hoover National Historic Site is clean, green fuel for the engine that drives our local economy.”

Most of the spending and jobs are related to lodging, food, and beverage service (52 percent), followed by other retail (29 percent), entertainment and amusements (10 percent), gas and local transportation (7 percent), and groceries (2 percent). The figures are based on $12 billion of direct spending by 281 million visitors in 394 national parks and nearby communities and are included in an annual, peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis conducted by Dr. Daniel Stynes of Michigan State University for the National Park Service. Across the U.S, local visitor spending added a total of $31 billion to the national economy and supported more than 258,000 jobs, an increase of $689 million and 11,500 jobs over 2009.

To download the report visit: and select Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2010. The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state. For more information on how the NPS is working in Iowa, go to

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. For more information go online at or call (319) 643-2541.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
110 Parkside Drive
PO Box 607
West Branch, Iowa  52358

319 643-2541 phone
319 643-7864 fax

News Releases - Travel & Tourism
Written by Jessica Wheeler   
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:22


Moline, Ill.—Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today inaugurates low-cost, nonstop flights between Moline, Ill. and Orlando, Fla. via Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB). The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will offer fares as low as $89.99* one way between the two cities, as well as offer travelers a fourth night free when they book their Orlando stay at Serlago Hotel and Suites or Best Western Orlando Gateway.

“We are pleased to expand the Allegiant brand of low-cost travel services in Moline,” Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President, said. “Our service to Las Vegas, Phoenix-Mesa and Tampa, Fla. has been very successful, and we are confident that the residents of Moline and the Quad Cities area will appreciate flying nonstop to Orlando, as well as the value of booking hotel rooms and car rentals through us."

“We are excited for today’s inaugural flight to Orlando-Sanford Airport. We know that passengers from this region truly appreciate nonstop access to their vacations,” said Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation. “We started with just two cities offered by Allegiant, and are pleased to have grown to four nonstop destinations. We look forward to having our travelers use this service, and we hope to watch these flights increase in popularity just as they have for the other three cities.”

Allegiant offers the only nonstop service from Quad City International Airport to Las Vegas, Phoenix-Mesa, Tampa and Orlando, Fla., as well as great deals on hotels, car rental service and attractions.

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Quad City International Airport (MLI) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), carrying as many as 150 passengers on each flight. For flight schedules and reservations please visit

Located in the heart of Central Florida, Orlando is home to the world’s most exciting theme parks and has plenty of shopping, dining, outdoor activities, and entertainment. Allegiant partners with more than 60 of the Orlando area’s most exciting hotel properties, provides low-cost car rental service through its partnership with Alamo Rent a Car, and offers great deals on activities such as theme park tickets, dinner shows, and day tours. Moline and Quad Cities area travelers can book their entire Orlando vacation for less by visiting

Allegiant, travel is our deal.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline, and offers other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and attraction tickets through its website, The company was ranked ninth in the 2011 Forbes’ Best Small Companies. Allegiant was also recently named one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Fastest-Growing Companies” for the second consecutive year.

About the $89.99* one-way fares:

Seats are limited. Fares are one-way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by Feb. 26, 2012, for travel by Aug. 14, 2012. Prices include PFC, segment tax and Sept. 11th security fee of up to $10.80 per segment. A segment is one take-off and one landing. A convenience fee of $10.00 per segment, per passenger is included in the introductory one-way fare. A fee of $14.99 per segment, will apply when purchased through Allegiant call centers. Purchases made at any Allegiant Airport Ticket Office will not incur a convenience or call center fee. For ticket counter hours of operation, please visit When purchased at the time of booking, a checked bag fee of up to $19.99 per bag will apply per person, per segment. If purchased at flight check-in, a fee of $35 per checked bag, per person, per segment will apply for the first two bags checked. Additional higher fees will apply for three or more checked bags. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply.


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