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Quick Illinois Tourism Facts

Here are some quick facts and figures about the importance of tourism in the State of Illinois and Chicago:

  • Illinois hosted 91 million visitors in 2006, a 6.4 percent increase over 2005.

    • Of the 91 million, 71.8 million were leisure visitors—the highest ever—representing a 9 percent increase over 2005.

    • More than 41 million people visited Chicago during 2006, an increase of nearly 10 percent over 2005; leisure visitors grew by 13 percent.

  • Illinois is the sixth most visited state in the U.S.

  • Among international travelers, it is the ninth most visited state.

  • Travelers spent $26.5 billion on transportation, lodging, food, entertainment and incidentals in 2006, an increase of 8.3 percent over 2005, a record high.

  • Tourism generated $1.875 billion in state and local taxes, a 6.9 percent increase, providing an additional $149 million to state and local tax coffers.

    • Over the past five years, tourism has pumped almost $6 billion more into the state’s economy and added 1,800 new jobs in 2006—another record high.

  • Illinois' Hotel-Motel tax receipts reached nearly $190 million, and by statute, 33.5 percent of these tax revenues are supposed to be invested in local and statewide tourism.

  • Tourism generated 300,000 direct jobs and another 300,000 indirect jobs.

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