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Tourism Contributing To Economic Growth In Illinois


August 21, 2019

While Galena is still the largest tourism draw in Jo Daviess County, the entire region has benefitted from an increase in tourism.

The Illinois Office of Tourism announced both international and domestic travel expenditures reached $41.7 billion in 2018 which is a $2 billion boost to the state's economy since 2017. More than 117 million visitors came to Illinois in 2018 – the 8th consecutive year of record tourism growth in the state – contributing to an increase of visitor spending, tax revenue and local jobs.

Galena Country contributed to the state's added economic domestic growth, with $203.89 million in travel expenditures (a 3.8% increase) and $5.63 million in local tax revenue (a 2.3% increase). More than 5,2...

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