Tourism tour coming to Joliet
BY BOB OKON email@example.com July 8, 2013 10:16PM
Aerial views of the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet on Friday, May 24, 2013. | Aerial Photo by Lee Hogan
Updated: August 10, 2013 6:38AM
Illinois tourism officials will be in Joliet on Friday to promote the latest numbers showing a record increase in Illinois travel.
Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday announced that roughly 99 million United States residents visited Illinois in 2012, a 6.1 percent increase from a record number in 2011.
“Another year of record-breaking numbers approves that travel is back, and the tourism industry in Illinois is thriving,” Quinn said in a written statement.
State officials will come to Chicagoland Speedway, one of Joliet’s top travel destinations, to promote the latest tourism figures. A report on Illinois tourism is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the race track.
The visit to Joliet is on the last day of a week-long tour by the Illinois Office of Tourism to promote the healthy state of the travel industry in Illinois. The numbers released Monday do not include visits by international travelers, which also are expected to rise when calculated later this summer, according to state officials.
The tourism office reported that in 2012 tourism in Illinois outpaced the national average by 5.4 percent and generated about $31 billion for the state economy.
It also produced state and local tax revenue of more than $2.3 billion — including a 6.6 percent increase in local tax revenue to $699 million and a 5.3 percent boost in state tax revenue to $1.6 billion, according to the office.
It said the higher level of tourism may have led to a 1.9 percent increase in the state’s travel workforce, based on early estimates.