Illinois saw massive increase in tourism in 2023

The five most popular markets for visiting Illinois were Canada, Mexico, India, the U.K. and Germany. (Photo Courtesy of Rhys Martin via National Park Service)


CHICAGO – Illinois saw 39% more international tourists in 2023 compared to the previous year, according to an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity news release.

Roughly 2.16 million were welcomed into the Land of Lincoln, brining with them nearly $2.7 billion into the Illinois economy.

“This significant achievement highlights the growing global appeal of our great state and the hard work of our tourism and hospitality industry partners to make Illinois a world-class destination,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Whether you call the Land of Lincoln home or are visiting from afar, we welcome everyone looking to discover all the amazing things that our state and cities have to offer.”

The five most popular markets for visiting Illinois were Canada, Mexico, India, the U.K. and Germany.

More information about visiting Illinois can be found here.

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