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Visit Kankakee County Tourism Contributes to Record Economic Growth in Illinois

Kankakee County, IL. – Visit Kankakee County announced the area generated a local economic impact of $171.6 million and contributed to an increase in visitor spending across Illinois in 2022. In addition, this boost in tourism contributed $6.6 million in local tax revenue while directly supporting 1,229 jobs in the tourism and hospitality industry, according to the latest data provided by Tourism Economics, a global tourism research firm, which measures the number of visitors as well as their impact on Illinois’ economy during the 2022 calendar year.

“As we continue to promote and champion Kankakee County as an overnight visitor destination, as well as help develop new and existing visitor experiences by investing in tourism-related projects via our CTAP (Community Tourism Action Plan) Grant, we are thrilled to see this incredible and record-breaking economic growth,” said Nicole Gavin, Executive Director of Visit Kankakee County.

“We’ve also seen an increase of 122 tourism-related jobs in our county alone. Tourism is an integral piece of our economic growth, benefitting everyone in Kankakee County, and we are proud to continue doing the work that we do!”

Last month, Governor JB Pritzker announced that Illinois reached its highest-ever hotel revenue figures in FY23 ($308 million) – surpassing the pre-pandemic record in FY19. Illinois welcomed 111 million visitors last year, representing 14 million additional travelers over 2021. In addition, visitor spending surged to $44 billion in 2022 – $12 billion over calendar year 2021 and 97% of record 2019 levels. As a result of tourist spending and visits in 2022, the overall economic impact – which includes indirect and induced impacts – amounted to a staggering $78 billion, a 30% increase from 2021 figures ($60 billion).

“Tourism is a key economic driver for our state, contributing to the growth of small businesses while generating jobs for our local communities,” said Kristin Richards, Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. “Illinois has made unprecedented investments in travel and tourism and we’re excited to build upon this record-breaking progress as we continue to promote Illinois and support the industry.”

“From iconic road trips and scenic drives to family-friendly attractions, thrilling outdoor adventures and picturesque state parks, Illinois is full of extraordinary and diverse experiences that attract visitors from around the world,” said Daniel Thomas, Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism. “Our state’s award winning tourism campaign, “Middle of Everything,” launched in 2022, has resulted in an enormous return on investment with every $1 spent on the campaign generating $10 in state and local tax revenue.”

Economic Impact of Domestic Travel in Kankakee County:

  • Travel expenditures – $171.6 million (17.5% increase)
  • Local tax revenue – $6.6 million (17.9% increase)

Fast Facts about Illinois Tourism in 2022

  • Illinois welcomed 111 million visitors in 2022, an increase of 14 million travelers from
  • Visitor spending resulted in $44 billion in 2022, an increase of $12 billion from 2021
  • State and local tax revenue from visitor spending generated $4.2 billion
  • Visitor spending supported 270,600 tourism-related jobs, an increase of 38,300 jobs
    from 2021
  • Illinois reached its highest ever hotel tax revenue in FY23, $308 million

Annual economic impact data is provided by Tourism Economics and state hotel revenue collections are provided by the Illinois Department of Revenue. The hotel revenue figures represent all Illinois hotels, motels, and lodging establishment’s taxable revenue.

To learn more about Illinois and to plan an Illinois getaway, visit www.EnjoyIllinois.com.

About Visit Kankakee County:

Visit Kankakee County works to market and sell Kankakee County as a premier business and leisure destination enhancing our community image through digital media, advertising, marketing, public relations and group sales.

To request more information or a copy of the guide, please contact info@kccvb.com or visit them online at VisitKankakeeCounty.com.

About the Illinois Office of Tourism: The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism manages industry efforts that result in sustainable and significant economic and quality-of-life benefits for Illinois residents.