Small Market Meetings

MAR 2017

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March 2017 21 Groups can arrange for outings and meetings at Peoria's Dozer Park. to the natural environment of Illinois and the Midwest, with more than 50 native animals and plants and interesting attractions. The park encourages education, conservation and recreation. People enjoy riding the Prairie Zephyr, a minia- ture train that transports them throughout the park. The park offers attractive meeting and banquet spaces for plan- ners seeking a change-of-pace site. Peoria also has a zoo. One of the highlights is the Africa exhibit, where visitors walk around the main area on a boardwalk. The exhibit has a range of animals, from lions and giraffes to monkeys, zebras and rhinos. The Zambezi River Lodge is an option for conference planners, with flexi- ble space that can handle a crowd of up to 200. Planners may want to add the excitement of a casino to their upcoming meeting or event, and East Peoria is the site of the Par-a-Dice Hotel Casino. The venue offers 20,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space that can accom- modate up to 1,000 people, and the hotel has 202 guest rooms for an "all in one" experience. The CVB's Allen says the craft whiskey industry has made a comeback in the city. "We are historically known as a Whiskey Capital and have distilleries and also breweries and wineries here that we love," she said. One popular tour takes visitors around the city and explains its whiskey history dat- ing back to the 1920s, including a notorious gangster era. The tour ends with a visit to JK Distillery and its new facilities and, inevitably, a sip or two of their product. In just one day, more than 300 volunteers from 80 companies donated nearly $50,000 in volunteer labor hours to national and state parks in New York and New Jersey. Ad space generously donated. Find out more at TourismCares.org Join forces with 160+ member companies and 13,000+ travel professionals to amplify your giving and marketing, and inspire your employees. GIV E BETTE R TOGETHE R

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