Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on Oct. 11 emphasized the role tourism plays in the economic health of Illinois communities while in attendance at the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau annual meeting and awards luncheon.
This year’s theme for the luncheon was The Power of Tourism.
“As the third largest employer in Illinois, the tourism industry is vital for the state’s economy and has created 20,000 new jobs over the past two years,” Rauner said. “Illinois has so many attractions to offer and enjoy, and increasing our number of domestic visitors will support communities and small businesses across the state.”
In 2016, Illinois welcomed 110 million domestic visitors, and domestic travel in Illinois supported more than 300,000 jobs. For every dollar invested in tourism in Illinois, nine dollars is generated in economic activity and impact.
“I am striving for the economic reforms and regulation rollbacks that will improve Illinois’ business climate and make it easier for Illinoisans to start small businesses in the tourism industry,” Rauner said.
For more on the tourism of Randolph County, please see this week’s print edition.