Illinois sparks tourists’ interest

Illinois continues to welcome growing tourist numbers and their economic benefits for the fourth straight year in a row.

According the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Tourism, Illinois witnessed a 3.5 percent increase in visitors from 2013, hosting approximately 109.4 million tourists in 2014.

These tourism figures and travel expenditures have been linked to the generation of more than $36.3 billion for the state’s economy, a total of $2.7 billion in state and local tax revenues and the creation of 5,000 new jobs throughout Illinois.

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