IL Tourism Hits 100-Million; Two-Million from Abroad
CHICAGO (AP) — Statistics show that for the first time more than 100 million tourists visited Illinois in a single year.
The state released figures for 2012 on Thursday, saying 101 million people traveled to Illinois. That includes about 2 million foreign tourists.
The number of international visitors climbed 11.8 percent from the previous year.
Earlier this summer, the state said it hosted 99 million domestic tourists during 2012. That’s a 6.1 percent increase over the 93 million domestic visitors the state had in 2011.
Combined, domestic and international travelers spent $33.5 billion in Illinois last year. That’s up 5.7 percent. State officials say those dollars created nearly 300,000 jobs in the Illinois economy.