Yes, it is true that passengers and crew make an impact on the local economy by purchasing tours of the area and patronizing locals shops, cafes, pubs, etc. At our Delta Queen rally yesterday hosted by Point Pleasant, West Virginia, several local leaders gave speeches on the importance of the Delta Queen to the local economy.

USA Today, Nov. 1, 2007 
Delta Queen might just keep rolling along
By Gene Sloan

More than 100 cities and towns, mostly in Middle America, already have passed resolutions calling on Congress to extend the boat’s long-standing exemption to a 1966 U.S. Coast Guard fire safety rule.  

And the support just keeps rolling in…

Here’s some evidence – a picture of a few of the crew of the Delta Queen enjoying coffee (and wireless internet – ahh, the outside world!) in Marietta, Ohio on Sunday.

DQ crew boosting the Marietta, Ohio economy

DQ crew boosting the Marietta, Ohio economy