Tourism officials share local travel economic impact numbers while at the Cache River Wetlands Center near Cypress during statewide tour
Cypress, Illinois – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism is celebrating a third consecutive year of record-breaking tourism industry numbers as part of its annual five-day, 17-stop “Road Show” tour around Illinois. Tourism officials provided updates on local visitor data, job creation, revenue growth, and tourism initiatives during a special presentation Tuesday morning, July 29, at the Cache River Wetlands Center near Cypress.
In 2013, the state’s tourism industry hosted nearly 105.7 million visitors, an increase of 4.5 percent over 2012, generating $2.6 billion in revenue.
“The continued increase in visitors to Illinois year-over-year proves that both leisure and business travelers are increasingly considering Illinois as a premier travel destination, providing a direct economic benefit for communities across the state, like Southernmost Illinois,“ said Jen Hoelzle, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism. “With our marketing and promotional efforts, like the popular MiniAbe campaign, we are inspiring travelers from across the country and around the world to come discover what makes Illinois such a wonderful place to visit.”
Cindy Cain, executive director for Southernmost Illinois Tourism, said 2013 was a busy and exciting year for tourism in the southernmost eight counties of Illinois. “We are excited to share the latest economic impact of travel for our eight-county region,” she said.
“The counties of Alexander, Hardin, Jackson, Massac, Pope Pulaski and Union have jointly produced over $185 million in tourism expediters in 2013,” Cain added.
For more information on Southernmost Illinois tourism, visit www.southernmostillinois.com