SPRINGFIELD – State officials said Friday Illinois set another record for tourism in 2019.
The Illinois Office of Tourism Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced Friday the state welcomed 120 million visitors in 2019, the ninth consecutive year that Illinois saw tourism growth.
The department said the money directly supported 344,100 jobs and generated about $2.5 billion in state sales tax revenue.
Officials noted that COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, has devastated the tourism industry and shuttered schools, businesses and required people to stay at home for periods.
The U.S. Travel Association estimates that tourists spent $43.1 billion in Illinois last year.