The Illinois Office of Tourism announced both international and domestic travel expenditures reached $39.5 billion in 2017 which is a $1.1 billion boost to the state’s economy since 2016. Visitors to the state hit an all-time high in 2017 with an additional 1.6 million travellers from 2016 contributing to an increase of visitor spending, tax revenue and local jobs.
Our three-county area played a role in the state’s added economic domestic growth, with $157.95million in travel expenditures (a $1.17 million increase) and $5.16 million in local tax revenue. More than 6,000 jobs were created across the state as a result ofvisitor spending, with 1,070 of them in Adams, Hancock and Pike.
“Illinois is the perfect destination for anyone looking for a new experience – whether it’s an outdoor adventure, a scenic road trip, incredible nightlife, or a family-friendly activity – there truly is something for everybody,” said Cory Jobe, director of Illinois Tourism. “The added boost in state and local tax revenue is a testament to the continued impact that tourism continues to have on Illinois.”
Economic Impact of Domestic Travel by County:
Travel expenditures – $102.9 million (1.4% increase)
Local tax revenue – $2.71 million (1.6% increase)
Jobs – 780
Travel expenditures – $27.67 million (1.2% decrease)
Local tax revenue – $1.06 million (0.1% decrease)
Jobs – 180
Travel expenditures – $27.38 million (0.4% increase)
Local tax revenue – $1.39 million (0.6% increase)
Jobs – 110
“We are encouraged by the recent 20% increase to our state tourism grant, adding $30k to our promotional budget for the FY18-19 year, which began July 1.We’re also anticipating an influx of Millennial travellers to our area in response to new guides and tours SeeQuincy has launched, including the most recent: ‘99 Watering Holes’ with 5 self-guided mini crawls to area establishments”, says Holly Cain, Executive Director, Quincy Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Fast Facts about Illinois Tourism in 2017:
- Every $1 invested in Illinois tourism generates $9 in economic impact for the state
- Illinois welcomed 111 million domestic visitors
- Of Illinois’ 111 million domestic visitors, 17% were for business and 83% for leisure
- In the past 10 years, domestic travel to Illinois has increased by 23 million visitors
- The visitor expenditures generated by domestic visitors supported 308,490 jobs in 2017 which is an increase of 6,040 jobs since 2016
- Domestic travellers spent $36.3 billion in Illinois during 2017, a 3.3 percent increase from 2016
Illinois Office of Tourism receives domestic visitor volume estimates from DK Shifflet and international visitor numbers from Tourism Economics. Visitor expenditures, tax revenue and jobs numbers come from U.S. Travel Association.
Pike County Tourism Grants, available from the county from local accomodations tax
Details, application forms at this link:
Quincy Convention & Visitors Bureau 217-214-3700
532 Gardner Expressway
Quincy, IL 62301
Holly Cain, Executive Director
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:
WBBA Radio (97.5 FM) 217-285-5975
1260 W. Washington St., P.O. Box 312
Pittsfield, IL 62363
Pike Press 217-285-2345
115 W. Washington St., PO Box 70
Pittsfield, IL. 62363
Pike CountyExpress 217-285-5415
129 N. Madison St., PO Box 537
Pittsfield, IL. 62363
The Paper 217-335-2112
725 Bainbridge St.
Barry, IL. 62312
Jacksonville Journal Courier 217-245-6121
235 W. State St.
Jacksonville, IL. 62651
Quincy Herald Whig 217-223-5100
130 S. 5th St.