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Illinois Breaks Tourism Record Again in 2014

Destination & Tourism | Theresa Norton | July 22, 2015

Illinois Breaks Tourism Record Again in 2014

PHOTO: Chicago is just one popular destination in Illinois. (Photo courtesy of the City of Chicago)

Illinois hosted more than 109.4 million visitors in 2014, an increase of 3.5 percent over the prior year, for the fourth consecutive record year.

In 2014, the state’s tourism industry generated more than $36.3 billion in travel expenditures and $2.7 billion in state and local tax revenues, the Illinois Office of Tourism reported. These visitor expenditures directly supported more than 306,000 jobs, an increase of 5,000 new jobs.

“The ongoing increase in visitors to Illinois year after year demonstrates that both leisure and business travelers are considering Illinois a premier travel destination, a true testament that the industry’s efforts to support and promote travel to Illinois are paying off,” said Cory Jobe, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism. “Aggressive tourism promotion not only brings new visitors and repeat travelers, but it results in tangible quality of life benefits and job opportunities for Illinoisans across the state, from hotels and restaurants to museums and attractions.”

In addition to economic impact numbers, tourism officials announced the new Illinois Made initiative that celebrates the artisans, craftsmen and innovators unique to the Land of Lincoln. Illinois Made will showcase and celebrate these artists and the positive impact they’ve made in the state.

In the spring, the Illinois Office of Tourism will launch “Enjoy,” a new bi-annual Illinois travel magazine. The lifestyle-format magazine is designed to inspire travel throughout the state.

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