More tourists are making their way to the Tri-States.
The Illinois Office of Tourism released the state report this week, prepared by the U.S. Travel Association that shows the Western Illinois counties of Adams, Pike & Hancock generated $141 million combined in visitor expenditures last year.
That includes numbers of $92.59 million spent in Adams, up 3 %; $25.24 million in Hancock Co., up 0.5 %; and $23.17 million in Pike County, up 4%.
So what do local tourists officials credit the spike to? Quincy city officials say there are a slew of reasons why tourists are packing their bags and heading right here to the tri-states.
"Events are big, sporting events are still huge in Quincy. Little People's, Tin Dusters, The Titan Firecracker Classic, so many of those events continue to come back and return visitors, and they are bringing big families in, they are staying in the area and returning dollars," said Holly Cain, Director of the Quincy Visitor and Convention Bureau.
And it's these long running Quincy traditions that Cain says is a big reason why Adams County ranks 23rd out of 102 counties in the state for visitor spending.
"It's all based on taxes, as far as spending on gas, hotel/motel taxes, restaurants and visitor expenditures in shopping and retail," said Cain.
Microtel Inn and Suites General Manager Bob Daly agrees with Cain, and says big events like these help to bring people into Quincy.
"I think the economy is getting better, I sure do see a lot more traffic, I see people spending more money, and I see people enjoying our events that we have here in Quincy," said Daly.
While Daly says he's happy with the increase in tourism, he's hoping something can be done to bring more people in year round.
"I'd like to see some event for the winter, I would love to see something during the winter months where we get people here, it's a nice community and I'd really like to see that," said Daly.
Cain says to keep visitors coming back, the city is working on two new driving tours that will be launched this fall and winter, as well as a new culinary guide to all the locally owned area eateries.
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