For more information contact:
Jessica O’Riley – Iowa Tourism Office, Iowa Economic Development Authority
April 11, 2013 (Des Moines, Iowa) — The latest edition of the Iowa Travel Guide is now available to assist travelers in planning an Iowa vacation. The guide is free and may be ordered by phone at 800.345.IOWA or from www.traveliowa.com. An online version of the guide is available on the website. People may also pick one up at any Iowa Welcome Center.
The four-color, guide is Iowa’s comprehensive trip-planning publication, with listings from more than 700 attractions, 550 hotels, 160 bed and breakfasts and 400 campgrounds in addition to information on state parks, trails and scenic byways. The Iowa Tourism Office distributes more than 100,000 copies of the Iowa Travel Guide annually to travelers from every state and around the world.
The cover of the guide features a kayaker near the Motor Mill in Elkader. Fans of the Iowa Tourism Office on Facebook selected the cover from three options in January. The photo was submitted by Jessica Rilling from Cedar Rapids.
“Tourism is a vital part of the state’s economy,” said Governor Terry Branstad. “Iowa has some of the most beautiful scenery and best attractions in the country. From the scenic Mississippi in the east to the rare Loess hills in the west, and everywhere in between, we encourage people to see everything Iowa has to offer.”
Tourism in Iowa generates more than $7 billion in expenditures, employs 63,400 people statewide and generates $328 million in state taxes. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.
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NOTE TO EDITORS: A high-res .pdf of the Iowa Travel Guide can be downloaded here.