Per state figures, the tourism industry hosted more than 109.4 million visitors in 2014, a 3.5 increase over 2013. Those 2014 visitors reportedly generated more than $36.3 billion in travel expenditures for the state’s economy. In addition, state and local tax revenues generated from visitor spending rose to $2.7 billion in 2014, an increase of $133.8 million over 2013 figures. Visitor expenditures in 2014 directly supported more than 306,000 jobs, an increase of 5,000 new jobs for the year. Read the full article here.
The Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism is a consortium of tourism advocates. The conference provides top quality, tourism-focused content and indispensable industry networking to more than 500 tourism professions from Illinois and surrounding states. Important organizations leading tourism and advocacy at the national, state and regional levels include:
The mission of Brand USA is to encourage increased international visitation to the United States and to grow America’s share of the global travel market. In doing so, we aim to bring millions of new international visitors who spend billions of dollars to the United States, creating tens of thousands of new American jobs.
The mission of the Illinois Office of Tourism is to manage travel industry efforts that result in sustainable and significant economic and quality-of-life benefits for Illinois residents. Moreover, it aims to promote and support the wide variety of high quality destinations and events to attract visitors, both domestic and international, to Illinois.
The mission of the Illinois Council of Convention and Visitors Bureaus is to enable members to be more effective and efficient in attracting visitors to their communities. The council provides educational opportunities in order to raise the level of professionalism in the travel industry, and it provides a forum for networking and cooperative action between the members.
The mission of Choose Chicago is to bring regional, national and international business and leisure visitors to Chicago for the economic benefit of the City, the community and our membership.
We thank these organizations, and all tourism professionals that attend the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism, for their tireless support of this important industry.