Mississippi Cruises Bring Hundreds of Tourists, Dollars to the Quad Cities


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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – American Cruise Lines is helping put Quad Cities back on the map as a destination after COVID-19 closures. Cruise ships dock again in downtown Davenport.

The American cruise ship Melody made its maiden voyage in Mississippi a few weeks ago.

“Since the pandemic, this is our first opportunity to get them back here,” said Kris Moyer, tour guide for American Cruise Lines.

Passengers now stop at Davenport and take advantage of sites like Figge, Putnum, Skybridge and downtown retailers. Tourism is also making dollars in the city after the pandemic forced many attractions to close.

“It’s such an important part of our economic trajectory and you never know who will be on this boat. It could be someone who will hopefully come back again and again, it could be an investor, it could be someone who is considering moving a business here, ”said Dave Herrell, CEO of Visit Quad Cities,“ Feedback is of critical importance. for our economy, and I think for the Quad Cities, we really need it.

About five thousand people will visit QC by the end of November. Visit Quad Cities and the cruise line wants to attract even more tourists over the next few years.

“We’re going to be here several times a week and we plan to develop this over the next five years,” said Frank Klipsch, director of urban partnerships with American Cruise Lines, “Davenport is one of the great cities on the river and it’s an opportunity to share this with people all over the United States and possibly all over the world.

The Town of Davenport is also working on the revitalization of where riverboats will moor at River Heritage Park.

“Over the next few months, we have repaired the river wall along the area of ​​River Heritage Park that is in need of repair. Now the team has started work on adding linear feet to the existing river promenade. The large lawn will be beautified in this same area and better permanent links between the shore and the entrance to the parking lot will be created, ”said Steve Ahrens, Managing Director of the Davenport Riverfront Improvement Commission.

Riverboats will dock every Monday and Tuesday at River Heritage Park in Davenport in October. More information about the excursions can be found on the cruise line’s website.

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