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Tourism flourishing in West-Central Illinois

Tourism flourishing in West-Central Illinois

9 months, 1 week ago by Scott Hardy

SeeQuincy says tourism revenue in Adams County grew by 18% in 2022.

The organization that's in charge of bringing tourists to Quincy says that the city, Adams County and two other West-Central Illinois counties all saw increases in tourist dollars last year. 

SeeQuincy announced Monday that tourism to the area last year generated a local economic impact of over $196 million and contributed to an increase in visitor spending across Illinois. The group says that as a result, the boost in tourism contributed $9.5 million in local tax revenue and directly supported over 1,400 jobs in the tourism and hospitality industry. Those numbers are 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. They show that last year, Adams County had travel spending of nearly $132 million, a nearly 18% increase. Hancock County had tourism spending of nearly $30 million, a 21% increase, and Pike County had travel spending of $34.5 million, a nearly 15% increase.

Executive Director of the Quincy Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Holly Cain credits the City of Quincy's BET on Q campaign, which pumped in $300,000 over three years to market the area. She also says that BET on Q tourism grants have attracted new events to Quincy, from billiards to basketball. Cain says that those events are growing and are bringing in new dollars and visitors.

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