Newton fairing well in tourism so far this year
Newton has had a busy start to the year and has hosted plenty of activities and events in 2013 with more to come. Newton Visitors and Convention Bureau Executive Director Linda Bacon expands on how tourism is going in Newton so far.
“Tourism in Newton is alive and well, despite the economy,” Bacon said. “The NCVB is hoping the ‘Staycation’ information we put out is helpful to vacationers, as our belts have to tighten for rising gas prices. There are a lot great events and attractions in Newton. The NCVB already hosts motor coach groups that are given tours at many of our attractions that include the Newton Arboretum, Maytag Dairy Farms, Iowa Speedway and the Jasper County Courthouse, just to name a few.”
One event that has taken place in Newton and that has attracted visitors has been the three Thunder Nites in Newton events on the square. Bacon estimated that the May gathering made a local impact of $85,000. Figures for the July event are currently unavailable at press time, but the event had an even bigger turnout than the May gathering.
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