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      Study shows travelers in Iowa spending more money

      A new study shows travelers in Iowa are spending more money.

      The Iowa Tourism Office says in an annual report that travel party spending per day on lodging, entertainment, transportation, food and shopping in 2013 was an average of about $285. That's an increase of 8.5 percent from 2012.

      The Iowa Welcome Center Survey Report also shows visitors took more trips in the state than the previous year.

      Historical attractions, museums, scenic byways, outdoor recreation and shopping were the most popular destinations.

      The study was conducted by the tourism office, which is under the Iowa Economic Development Authority.