International Travel Writers Leave Rockford With Positive Reviews

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Some of Rockford's biggest tourist attractions hope to bring in more international visitors over the next few years. That's because a delegation of 25 travel writers from 10 countries spend the weekend here, checking out the sights that make Rockford unique.

They visited the Nicholas Conservatory, the Laurent House, and Anderson Gardens.

Before leaving this morning the group had breakfast at a Forest City staple: Stockholm Inn. Many of the writers say it wasn't just the food in Rockford that left them feeling satisfied.

"To go off and see Jane at the museum I thought was something fabulous that certainly any tourist would want to see," Anne-Marie Mitchell, a tourism director from Australia, said.

"I would say the small town with a big heart maybe, because I found very friendly people, they were all ready to greet us and look after us," Kalpana Sundar, a freelance travel writer from India, said.

Last fall the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomed American travel writers to the Forest City. Many have written great articles encouraging tourists to come to Rockford.