Tourism dollars adding up
PRINCETON — If tourism statistics can be used as the measuring stick, the recession in Illinois appears to be easing up a bit.
Gov. Pat Quinn has announced Illinois had record-breaking tourism numbers statewide for the 2012 year. Illinois saw 99 million domestic visitors in 2012, which is a 6.1 percent increase over the record 93.3 million U.S. residents that traveled to Illinois in 2011. That tourism surge has accounted for more that $31 billion for the state’s economy, Quinn said.
“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.”
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