The Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau held it’s annual Tourism Summit virtually on Thursday. The event hilighted a so-called roadmap to recovery, pointing out expectations of a rebound once the pandemic is less of a concern with vaccinations now being rolled out.

Tourism Bureau President and CEO Cory Jobe tells The Big Z across the country, nearly 5 million jobs have been lost since March, thousands of small businesses have shuttered, and tourism revenue losses are in the billions. 

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Presented with Hometown Awards during the event were: 222 Artisan Bakery, Edwardsville; Morrison’s Irish Pub, Alton; Old Herald Brewery & Distillery, Collinsville; Sammi’s Sandwiches, Alton; Goshen Coffee, Edwardsville; and Bluestem Vodka, Bethalto. Game Changer Awards to organizations and businesses who created unique ways to experience the region during COVID. Honored were: Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton; Collinsville Parks and Rec Department; Kicks on 66 Car Show, Edwardsville; and Litchfield Tourism.

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