From The Daily Chronicle: Tourism up in DeKalb County, data shows

“DeKalb County generated a local economic impact of $123 million and contributed to an increase in visitor spending across Illinois in 2022, according to a news release from the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“The boost in tourism contributed $2.8 million in local tax revenue while directly supporting 722 jobs in the tourism and hospitality industry, according to the latest data provided by Tourism Economics, a global tourism research firm that measured the number of visitors as well as their influence on Illinois’ economy during the 2022 calendar year.

” ‘This data validates what the DCCVB has seen and heard from our attractions, hotels, restaurants and event hosts and planners – that people from across the state and beyond are experiencing DeKalb County in numbers that rival pre-pandemic figures,’ Cortney Strohacker, the bureau’s executive director, said in a news release. ‘While challenges remain, particularly in the hospitality sector, we are encouraged that people are discovering or being reintroduced to the great attractions, businesses, venues and events that make our county a great place to live, learn, work and play.’ ”

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