Governor Quinn announces record domestic tourism numbers

By WEEK Reporter

July 8, 2013 Updated Jul 9, 2013 at 10:42 AM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn announced Monday that Illinois hosted more than 99 million domestic visitors in 2012, a more than 6 percent increase over the record 93.3 million U.S. residents who visited Illinois in 2011.

Tourism generated more than $31 billion for the state’s economy in 2012, which is up 5 percent from last year's mark of $29.5 billion.

State and local tax revenues from tourism totaled more than $2.3 billion in 2012, an increase of more than $124 million. State tax revenue rose 5.3 percent to $1.6 billion, while local tax revenue rose 6.6 percent to more than $699 million.

Initial estimates indicate that the Illinois travel industry workforce grew by 1.9 percent in 2012.

Final figures will be released later this summer.

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