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Tourism In Stephenson County Contributing Economic Growth


September 18, 2019

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Krape Park in Freeport has always been a popular attraction.

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.

Stephenson County contributed to the state's added economic domestic growth, with $37.56 million in travel expenditures (a 3.4% increase) and $1 million in local tax revenue (a 2% increase). More than 5,200...

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