HANNIBAL (WGEM) -- Riverboats are returning to Hannibal this year with COVID-19 precautions in mind.
The American Queen Steamboat announced it will start its tours again this summer, but passengers will not be able to board the boat unless they have been vaccinated for COVID-19.
Gail Bryant is the Hannibal Convention & Visitors Bureau Director. She said Hannibal is a city that will benefit, with a newly renovated riverfront that can hold two riverboats.
"It certainly helps the downtown and the economic impact to the community," she said. "The one thing that we do realize is after the passengers experience Hannibal for that one time. Is that many will drive back to spend much."
Bryant said the riverboats returning will bring more tourists back to the city of Hannibal and help local businesses that struggled with them.
"We are optimistic with a lot of people, you know, getting the vaccine that you know we're going to you know going to have an increase in visitors. And you know have people come out, but we are very lucky because downtown we have so many outdoor recreational actives. That we certainly you know welcome visitors," Bryant said.