CEDAR RAPIDS — The city is not planning to establish a free-standing tourism bureau, Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart said Wednesday during his annual State of the City address. The office is responsible for booking events that generate $4.2 million in direct spending from visitors, booking 5,484 hotel room nights and securing a number of large-scale business conferences and sports events, according to Hart.“Frankly, the tourism office is doing such a remarkable job with VenuWorks helping with that,” Hart said.

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