Illinois welcomed a record 117 million visitors from around the world in 2018, resulting in USD42 billion in visitor spending and generating USD3,3 billion in tax revenue for the state and local communities.
The DCEO Office of Tourism’s grant programmes are funded entirely by the state’s hotel motel tax revenue.
“There is a reason that Illinois is breaking records for tourism; it is because communities throughout our state have so much to offer,” said JB Pritzker. Governor, Illinois. He added, “Continue to be a proud advocate for everything that attracts people to Illinois and these tourism grants entirely funded by visitors staying in our hotels and motels play a significant role in supporting the tourism industry and its nearly 350,000 jobs.”
The Tourism Attraction Grant Programme will help develop new or enhance existing tourism attractions to grow visitation and overnight stays in Illinois. DCEO provided grant funding to 16 organizations in the amount of USD1 million. There was significant demand for this grant programme, receiving more than four times the number of requests than available funding.
The Tourism Private Sector Grant Programme will help attract major new events to the state or significantly enhance existing events to increase visitation. DCEO provided grant funding to seven applicants in the amount of USD869,000.