By Amy Kent Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald
---- — FULTON, Ill. — The city of Fulton will welcome some interesting guests to de Immigrant Windmill this weekend.
Representatives from the Great Rivers Country Tourism Development Office will visit the windmill with two Japanese travel guides as part of a Great River Road familiarization tour.
The tourism office plans multiple events along the river road throughout the year to promote the state of Illinois and its international visitors.
”We bring them over here so they see what we have to offer,” Director for International Marketing John Haas said. “Then when they sell a group itinerary, they know what they’re selling,”
The group will arrive on Thursday and travel to Galena, Ill., for a one-night stay. They will then make their way down the Great River Road to Fulton where residents can expect them sometime Friday.
The focus of the tourism group will be things local residents may take for granted.
”They want to see wildlife, flowers and just the natural beauty of the Great River Road,” Haas said.
The simplistic nature of the tour is aimed at Japanese visitors between the ages of 60 to 80, because the younger Japanese culture is more interested in visiting places like Chicago.
”This age group grew up in the city, so now, they want to see the quaint little towns along the river,” Haas said.
The whole point of the Great Rivers Country Tourism Development is to promote the state of Illinois and bring revenue to the small cities and towns along the river.
”They have money to spend and we try to get them to come spend that money in Illinois,” Haas said.