ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It was a beautiful night to spend on the river, and that's just what dozens of visitors to Rockford did tonight. The Travel Media Showcase has set up shop in Rockford for the week, bringing dozens of travel writers to town.
A night at the Prairie Street Brew House in Rockford kicks off a weeklong tour of the Stateline for dozens of out of towners. These travel writers report for magazines, newspapers, and blogs from all over the US and the Forest City may be the focus of their next articles.
“I'm looking forward to it, it looks like a really pretty city,” says Chuck Miller, a golf and travel writer.
“My first impression is that it’s a lot better place than people realize. I think people will find you can have more fun here than if you go to Chicago," says Ken Mink.
Mink edits the online magazine Traveling Adventurer. He says the site gets more than one hundred and eighty thousand hits a month, hits from readers who may take a second look at a trip to Rockford.
“I really hope the journalists walk away with a sense of who Rockford is. We know there are great stories to tell and we have a moment in time where we have a captured audience and they're going to go home and write about it," says John Groh, President of the RACVB.
Deb Thompson came from Michigan to check out the Forest City for her blog justshortofcrazy.com. Her site focuses on families and she
says more than 60,000 people read her blog every month.
“I'm looking for things you can do in Rockford if you have little ones or if you have teenagers," says Deb Thompson.
The writers will tour spots including the Discovery Center Museum, Anderson Japanese Gardens and the Coronado Theater.