Central Illinois sees increase in tourism dollars in 2010
County at $31.1 million, up 2.4%
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[August 18, 2011]
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office
of Tourism, recently released numbers that highlight the success the
central Illinois tourism industry experienced in 2010. Visitors to
the 12 central Illinois counties generated nearly $724.6 million in
local economic impact. Statewide, Illinois' tourism industry
generated $29.3 billion in revenue in 2010, an increase of more than
$2.2 billion, as visitor spending continued to provide a strong
economic impact for the state, supporting hundreds of thousands of
The U.S. Travel Association reported
the following figures on the economic impact of tourism in central
Cass -- $5.4 million,
up 3.7 percent.
Christian -- $16.3
million, up 9.6 percent.
Greene -- $11.7
million, up 5.8 percent.
Logan -- $31.1
million, up 2.4 percent.
Macon -- $109.9
million, up 6.9 percent.
$38.9 million, up 8.5 percent.
$6.0 million, up 0.6 percent.
Montgomery -- $74.0
million, up 5.9 percent.
$39.0 million, up 4.4 percent.
Sangamon -- $355.0
million, up 3.2 percent.
Scott -- $3.7
million, up 5.4 percent.
Shelby -- $33.8 million, up
"Illinois' tourism industry showed positive gains in 2010, and
we're continuing to see that momentum build in 2011. The economy is
growing, people once again are traveling greater distances for
vacation, and many of those people are choosing Illinois as their
travel destination," said Warren Ribley, DCEO director.
Illinois' 2010 tourism numbers continue to show strong economic
impact in the state, generating billions of dollars in economic
impact and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs across the
state. The economic impact of tourism in Illinois has grown by more
than $3 billion during the past five years. Additionally, the travel
industry generated 287,500 jobs in Illinois in 2010, directly and
indirectly supporting one in 10 jobs in the state. On average,
visitors spend nearly $80 million with Illinois businesses every
State and local tax revenues from tourism totaled more than $2
billion in 2010, an increase of $93.5 million. The total tourism tax
revenue -- federal, state and local -- saves the average Illinois
household more than $1,000 in taxes each year.
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Illinois hosted nearly 84.7 million visitors in 2010, according
to D.K. Shifflet & Associates. This is up 5 percent from 2009. Both
business and leisure travel saw increases in visitor volume, with
leisure travel up 6 percent and business travel up 2.5 percent.
Overnight leisure travel to the state was up 13.8 percent,
increasing market share by 11 percent in this category and ranking
Illinois 10th in the U.S.
Illinois maintained its ranking as the seventh-most popular state
for overseas visitors to the U.S. in 2010, hosting 1,186,000 such
visitors, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of
Tourism Industries. The city of Chicago, the 10th-most popular U.S.
city for overseas visitors, hosted 1,134,000 international visitors
in 2010, a 2 percent increase over 2009 arrivals.
"The Illinois tourism industry has come a long way this past
year," said Jan Kostner, deputy director of the Illinois Office of
Tourism. "Every single county in Illinois saw an increase in tourism
expenditures from 2009 to 2010. People from all over the world are
coming to vacation in Illinois and spending their tourism dollars
here, further strengthening our economic recovery."
For additional information on one-of-a-kind attractions, events
statewide and suggested getaways, visit the Illinois Office of
Illinois Department of Commerce
and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism]