State is booming tourist destination

Published 07/11 2013 03:38PM

Updated 07/15 2013 02:14PM

Update: 10:04 pm, 7/13/13, Saturday
SPRINGFIELD -- More people are visiting our state and that means more money is flowing into our economy. 99-million people from around the country visited Illinois last year. WCIA-3's Steve Staeger finds out how a local business is feeling the love.

In 2012, domestic tourism jumped by about 6% and the 99-million domestic tourists who visited Illinois actually break a record. The governor's office says the surge in visitors from out-of-state dumped about $31 billion into local economies.

Dana Homann owns Tinsley Dry Goods. She sells Lincoln trinkets to tourists visiting the Lincoln Museum and Old State Capitol. She says last year was a good year and finds this one already has been.

She's seen a steady increase in business since January. Homann says she finds a lot of tourists outside the city of Chicago are international tourists. She says it shows the power of Abraham Lincoln even outside our borders.

Later this summer, the state expects to release the number for international tourists.
Original: 3:38 pm, 7/11/13, Thursday
ILLINOIS -- Governor Pat Quinn announced record-breaking tourism numbers for the state. It hosted more than 99 million visitors just last year. That's six million more than 2011.

The surge put $31 billion into Illinois' economy. Quinn launched marketing campaigns in Canada, China, Mexico and Brazil. International visitor numbers will be available later this summer.

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