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Record-Breaking Tourism In Illinois


Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has announced record-breaking statewide tourism numbers for the state of Illinois.

That state saw 99 million domestic visitors in 2012, 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.

"Another year of record breaking numbers proves that travel is back and the tourism industry in Illinois is thriving," said Quinn, in a release. "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."

The national average for tourism is 5.4 percent, and Illinois has surpassed that figure for the second year in a row.

State and local tax revenues from tourism totaled more than $2.3 billion in 2012, an increase of more than $124 million. State tax revenue rose 5.3 percent to $1.6 billion, while local tax revenue rose 6.6 percent to more than $699 million. Initial estimates indicate that the Illinois travel industry workforce grew by 1.9 percent in 2012. Final figures will be released later this summer.

Destination information, trip inspiration ideas, the 2013 Illinois Travel Guide and more can be found at or by calling 1-800-2CONNECT.


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