Schedule of Events

2018 Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism
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Sunday, February 25

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Illinois VolunTourism Team
Illinois VolunTourism (IVT)

Illinois VolunTourism (IVT) is a volunteer opportunity for tourism organizations and their partners across our state. IVT is a chance to come together by donating our time and giving back to the areas and historic attractions that make Illinois the great tourism destination that it is. At our third annual IVT event, the Illinois Office of Tourism (IOT), invites all conference attendees to give back to the Chicago tourism community. Don’t miss out on an afternoon of networking with fellow conference attendees and making a difference for Illinois tourism.

With every $30 registration, attendees will receive a branded volunteer t-shirt, water bottle and the opportunity to network amongst tourism professionals post the volunteer event at an exclusive cocktail reception. If you've already registered for the conference, but would still like to attend the IVT event, please email Colleen Correll at

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

IVT Participant Thank You Reception

On behalf of the Illinois Office of Tourism, this exclusive event will pay thanks to the dedicated tourism professionals involved in the day's volunteer event.

Monday, February 26

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Monday Leader Lab – Anirban Basu

At the Governor's Conference, we're always looking for new and exciting ways to sharpen our attendees. That's why ILGOV18 is proud to announce the return of our Monday Leader Lab. Join us Monday, February 26 as we learn from acclaimed economist Anirban Basu.

Back by popular demand, Anirban is the chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm in Baltimore, MD. Anirban is one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s most recognizable economists, serving a variety of prominent clients, including developers, bankers, brokerage houses, energy suppliers and law firms. On behalf of government agencies and non-profit organizations, he has written several high-profile economic development strategies. Among other roles, Mr. Basu serves as the chief economist to Associated Builders and Contractors (national) and as chief economic advisor to the Construction Financial Management Association.

Speaker: Anirban Basu, Chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group


5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Happy Hour for First Time Attendees

Kick-off the conference an hour early with a special reception for all first time attendees! You'll have the opportunity, along with participating mentors, to network with Cory Jobe, Director of Illinois Office of Tourism, in addition to tourism professionals and other industry leaders from across the state.

Tuesday, February 27

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Arrival and breakfast

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Opening Keynote

Details coming soon!

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Closing General Session

Details coming soon!

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tradeshow Reception

Close the day by mingling with exhibitors and industry peers you connected with earlier in the day over a cocktail at the closing Tradeshow Reception.

Wednesday, February 28

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Networking time

Guests will be given time to regroup and proceed to the next session on the schedule.

9:00 am - 11:00 am

State of the State Tourism Address Breakfast

This breakfast will be taking a fresh look back at the marketing and advertising strategies that contributed to an amazing year for Illinois tourism. We will share our vision for the industry and offer a sneak preview of the exciting new initiatives and programs sure to make 2018 another great year.

Cory Jobe, Director, Illinois Office of Tourism