Again, all statistics from 2009.
** Illinois had 82.14 million visitors, 80.46 million domestic. Of domestic, 63.25 million were leisure visitors and 17.21 million were business.
** The top five states providing visitors were Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Missouri. (I have to wonder what state ranks #1 for Wisconsin travel?) Top five international: Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany and Japan.
** Illinois ranks 10th in US in share of domestic visitors and sixth in traveler spending (especially in Chicago where every thing's so doggone expensive). Illinois ranks sixth in overseas visitors.
** The average age of Illinois domestic leisure travelers is 46, the majority married with average household income of $83,386. (I wonder if good old Route 66 brings that up or down?)
** Primary activities for leisure travelers: shopping, dining, entertainment, sightseeing, sports and museums. (I wonder how many drive Route 66 or the Lincoln Highway?)
** On average, leisure domestic travelers spent $106 per person per day.
** Illinois hotel-motel tax revenues for FY 10 were $170.4 million.
** Consumer inquiries for FY 10 were nearly 1.8 million.
Love Those Tourists. Bring That Money. --RoadDog
Cost of Homes Going Up in Roanoke
6 minutes ago