Tourism Continues to Grow in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism is celebrating a 4th consecutive year of record-breaking tourism industry numbers as part of a four day, 12-stop tour around Illinois. Tourism officials provided updates on local visitor data, job creation, revenue growth and new tourism initiatives during a special presentation at Kokopelli Golf Club in Marion, IL. In 2014, the state’s tourism industry hosted more than 109.4 million visitors, an increase of 3.5 percent over 2013, generating more than $36.3 billion in travel expenditures. Visitors spent $128.09 million in Williamson County in 2014, an increase of 3.1 percent.  These visitor expenditures directly supported hundreds of jobs and generated $2.76 million dollars in local tax revenues.