Illinois tourism numbers break record
CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn has announced that Illinois hosted more than 99 million domestic visitors in 2012, a 6.1 percent increase over the record 93.3 million U.S. residents who visited Illinois in 2011. This surge in tourism generated more than $31 billion for the state’s economy in 2012, and the numbers will be even higher when international visitor numbers are available later this summer.
“Another year of record-breaking numbers proves that travel is back, and the tourism industry in Illinois is thriving,” Quinn said. “Our world-class cultural attractions and destinations continue to attract more and more visitors to Illinois each year, which in turn directly drives the state’s economic growth.”
This marks the second year in a row that Illinois’ visitor numbers broke records and outpaced the national average of 5.4 percent, highlighting the industry’s vital contributions to Illinois’ economic growth, job creation and tax revenue.
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