Media and Tourism

TOURISM IN PIKE COUNTY & THE REGION

The Quincy Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (QACVB) provides a comprehensive list of activities in Adams,Hancock and Pike Counties.  Find it all at www.seequincy.com

Tourism Helping to Drive Economic Growth for Illinois and Pike County

Adams, Hancock and Pike Counties generated over $157 million in travel expenditures and $5 million in local tax revenue.

The Illinois Office of Tourism announced in July of 2017 that domestic and international travel expenditures reached $37.9 billion in 2016 – a $571 million increase from 2015. This follows the state’s record-breaking domestic Illinois tourism figures released in May, which highlighted an increase of one million travelers to the state in 2016.

Adams, Hancock and Pike Counties contributed to Illinois’ robust economic domestic growth, to the tune of $157.14 million in travel expenditures (a 6.7% increase) and $5.14 million in local tax revenue (a 20.6% increase). Additionally, the tourism industry created 10,000 new jobs across the state, with 1,070 of them in our tri-county area.

“One of the beautiful things about Illinois is the variety of experiences you can enjoy across the state – whether you’re looking for family-friendly activities, outdoor adventure, delicious food or an amazing road trip,” said Cory Jobe, Director of the Illinois Office of Tourism. “By bringing new money to our stores, hotels and attractions, visitors have the power to create a tangible economic impact for our communities. Our success as a state depends on each county doing their part to promote the diverse ways visitors can experience their own amazing moments in Illinois.”

In Adams County, travel expenditures were $101.89 million (1.2% increase), and   local tax revenue  was $2.68 million ( 5.8% increase).  In Hancock County, travel expenditures were $ 28.12 million (4% increase), and local tax revenue was $1.08 million (8.7% increase).

Here in Pike County, travel expenditures were $ 27.13 million (1.5% increase) with local tax revenue at $1.38 million (6.1% increase).

Last year's tourism growth in Pike County follows a 5.2 % percent growth in 2015 versus 2014 and an 8.4% growth in 2014 over 2013.  Tourism in Pike County supports 110 jobs, with a payroll of $3.57 Million.  
Congrats and thanks to all involved with tourism in Pike County!

Pike County Tourism Grants, available from the county from local accomodations tax
Details, application forms at this link:
http://www.pikeil.org/county_info/county_accommodations_tax_and_tourism_grant_program.php#.WYmhbFWGPIU


PAST Events


Enjoy Illinois on the Road: The 2015 Travel Effect Statewide Tour
The Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Illinois Office of Tourism hosted a stop on last year's road show on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at The History Museum/Stained Glass Gallery, 332 Maine Street in Quincy. Director Cory Jobe and Deputy Director Jan Kemmerling released the latest state and county visitor & economic impact numbers.  They also provided a sneak peek of upcoming statewide tourism initiatives, including marketing and advertising campaigns, as well as creative promotions and partnerships to stimulate travel and repeat visitors.  Road Show pdf here.


The Illinois Office of Tourism recently released statistics from a state report, prepared by the U.S. Travel Association that reports total visitor spending in Illinois a had another record year in 2014, contributing over $36.3 billion to the Illinois economy. 

The state and county data indicate that tourism continues to be a strong economic force; creating jobs, stimulating business and generating tax revenues for communities and the state of Illinois. 

The Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (QACVB) announced last week that the Western Illinois counties of Adams, Pike & Hancock generated $152.65 million combined in visitor expenditures last year, with $ 100.57 million spent in Adams, up 4.8%; $26.66 million in Hancock Co., up 3.2%, and $25.42 in Pike County, up  8.4 %.

 

The state report indicates that tourism in Pike County is alive and growing. Tourism supports over 100 local jobs with a payroll of $3.04 million.  Tourism numbers in Pike County in 2014 were up nearly $2 million.  Since 2004, tourism expenditures in Pike County have increased 45%.

Our Executive Director Kaye Iftner believes Pike County’s gains are the result of the combined efforts of its community leaders as well as the collaboration of a number of groups involved in tourism.  Hunting has always been our major draw in the fall, but we’ve made a concerted effort to promote the beauty of Pike County during the other seasons.  Thanks to a strong collaborative effort from groups like Access Illinois Outdoors, PASA Park, Looking for Lincoln in Pike County, the QACVB, the New Philadelphia Association, Pike County Economic Development, Pittsfield Main Street and the Pike County Chamber of Commerce we have seen tourism numbers grow steadily over the ten years the Department of Tourism has been tracking them. 

The Pike County Visitor Center, located at 224 W. Washington in Pittsfield, operated by the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and Pittsfield Main Street serves visitors from all over the country.  Tourism signs on I-72 at both the New Salem and Griggsville exits direct visitors to our door. Once here, we are able to help them in numerous ways, from providing Illinois state highway maps and attraction brochures, to directing them to local lodging, restaurants, and attractions.  

Tri-State Tourism Summit

Our Executive Director, Kaye Iftner, is a member of the Tri-State Tourism Taskforce, and  would like to personally invite you to the first Tri-State Tourism Summit on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. 

The day-long event will feature presentations by the Illinois and Missouri state tourism directors; a keynote presentation by nationally-recognized tourism speaker and trainer, Phil Bruno; interactive panel discussions with Iowa Tourism's social media and digital marketing managers; a networking lunch and resource fair.

Among the speakers addressing the latest trends in the tourism and hospitality industry are:

  • Cory Jobe, Director, Illinois Office of Tourism
  • Dan Lennon, CDME, Director Missouri Division of Tourism
  • Phil Bruno, Professional Speaker & Trainer, Treat 'em Right
  • Gary Harpole, Owner, Harpole's Heartland Lodge, Pike County, IL
  • Brooke Miller, Social Media Manager, Iowa Economic Development Authority
  • Amy Zeigler, Digital Marketing Manager, Iowa Tourism Office
  • Adam Plagge, Executive Director, Fairfield Economic Development Association

More details, including the day's agenda, speaker bios, a registration form and directions to the Summit which will be held on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College, are available on the Tri State Summit website - http://tristateofmind.org/2015-tourism-summit/.  

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Tourism, travel and hospitality professionals; convention and meeting planners; chamber of commerce and downtown/main street representatives; museum directors; small business owners; elected officials and anyone interested learning how to build great guest experiences in their community.

REGISTRATION DETAILS

Advance registration is required. The cost is $25 per person and includes lunch. You can download a registration form here. 


Mississippi River Geotourism Program with National Geographic

There was a public meeting in Quincy on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 at 4 PM at the Quincy Public Library on the National Geographic Geotourism project.  Details of the Quincy public meeting can be found in this link.  A description of the National Geographic Mississippi River Geotourism Project can be found in the attached flyer.


Quincy Convention & Visitors Bureau   217-214-3700

Villa Katherine
532 Gardner Expressway
Quincy, IL 62301
Holly Cain, Executive Director

Over the next few weeks we will be adding additional links to tourism resources across the tri-state region (Western Illinois, Southeast Iowa and Eastern Missouri), as well as links to interesting and historical places. 

MEDIA COMPANIES SERVING PIKE COUNTY 

We are fortunate to have several media companies that service our area.  Three weekly newspapers, one hometown radio station and several daily newspapers from outside of the county that have great coverage of our area.  We have listed them below:

Radio:

WBBA Radio     (97.5 FM)                217-285-5975
1260 W. Washington St., P.O. Box 312
Pittsfield, IL 62363
www.wbbaradio.com

Newspapers:

Pike Press   217-285-2345
115 W. Washington St., PO Box 70
Pittsfield, IL. 62363
www.pikepress.com

ppnews@campbellpublications.net

Pike CountyExpress       217-285-5415
129 N. Madison St., PO Box 537
Pittsfield, IL. 62363
pikecountyexpressnews@yahoo.com

The Paper      217-335-2112
725 Bainbridge St.
Barry, IL. 62312
rnews1@adams.net

Jacksonville Journal Courier   217-245-6121
235 W. State St.
Jacksonville, IL. 62651

Quincy Herald Whig     217-223-5100
130 S. 5th St.
Quincy, IL
www.whig.com
dusar@whig.com


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