Despite the warmer than usual summer weather, higher gas prices, and uncertainty with the economy, the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau says 2012 was a good year.
"We once again broke records in some months with lodging numbers, meaning that hotels and B&Bs were full," reports Gail Bryant, Hannibal Director of Tourism. "We experienced exciting annual events and festivals, and were fortunate to host some wonderful new events this year. We want to thank everyone in Hannibal's tourism industry, from attraction owners to restaurant wait staff, for their part in making our guests feel welcome."
The return of large passenger-carrying riverboats was also a boon to Hannibal tourism. "The economic impact of the riverboats is obviously not reflected in lodging tax numbers, as passengers overnight on their riverboat. However, we do know that numerous tourists planned their Hannibal trip to ensure they could see the riverboats on the Mississippi," reports Bryant.
The American Queen, whose return in early fall, and the Queen of the Mississippi, who made her inaugural voyage in 2012, were a welcome sight to the downtown. The Queen of the Mississippi often stayed docked for an entire day, while the American Queen brought 'steam coaches' down river, allowing passengers to visit a variety of attractions around Hannibal. Both riverboat companies will be returning to Hannibal in July 2013.
Other tourism highlights of 2012 include a new look to the Hannibal visitors guide, the redesign of CVB website, and the launch of the new brand. 2013 is looking positive, with several new events adding to the variety of experiences in Hannibal.
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