Published on : Friday, July 21, 2017
In 2016, the tourism for Jacksonville area offered a major augment to the domestic economic growth of the state. From 2015 to 2016, as per the statistics released by the Illinois Office of Tourism disclosed that domestic and international travel expenditures increased more than half a billion dollars, attaining almost $38 billion respectively.
In terms of local area tourism in 2016, Jacksonville played a key role in the overall development of the state. Particularly, in travel expenditures, Jacksonville area tourism welcomed more than $50 million and almost $1 million in local tax revenue.
In comparison to 2016, local travel expenditures grew almost 7 percent whereas local tax revenue witnessed an increase close to 12 percent respectively. Brittany Henry, the Executive Director of the Jacksonville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau explains that 2016 was a significant year in terms of local tourism.
To quote Henry, “This is the biggest increase we’ve had in our tourism numbers, a 6.9 percent increase (in travel expenditures) is a huge increase, that’s a lot of money being spent in our community on tourism. If you think about $50.28 million in travel expenditures for a community of our size, that’s a lot of money being pumped into the community by business travelers, leisure travelers, education, sports, everything that makes Jacksonville so diverse. People are spending money in our community, and tourism is definitely on the uprise and we’re excited to be a part of that community.”