From the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
All figures are for 2009.
** Domestic travelers spent $25 billion in Illinois. International ones added another $2 billion.
** Expenditures for food service accounted for the largest single category with over $6.7 billion.
** Twenty of Illinois' 102 counties received over $100 million in domestic traveler revenue.
** Traveler expenditure directly generated 288,700 jobs. One in ten jobs in the state is directly or indirectly supported by travel expenditure.
** Travel expenditures in Illinois generated nearly $5.1 billion for federal, state and local governments. These additional taxes save the average Illinois household $1,000 a year.
Keep Those Tourists Coming. --RoadDog