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State and local tourism numbers up for last year

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Last year was another record year for tourism in Illinois and the Quincy area is following suit with more visitors coming to the area.

Tourism was up 4.5 percent last year in Illinois and about three percent in Quincy and Adams County, bringing in 4,300 tourists from 47 different states and 22 countries. But tourism directors hope several new marketing campaigns this summer will help those numbers go even higher.

"People can take the Amtrak here, take a four-lane interstate and they can still come here for an affordable getaway," Holly Cain, executive director of the Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Any time tourists make their way to the area, more money goes back into the local economy.

"It really does help our area," Cain said. "It supports our local businesses, our downtown, our restaurants, our hotels"

At the Eagle's Nest Hotel near Downtown Quincy, Director of Sales JayBryan Latham says they've seen about a 50 percent increase in guests over last year.

"We expect to see a whole lot more throughout the summer, just based on what we're seeing on reservations this year and group bookings of people coming to the area," Latham said.

Latham attributes the spike in reservation numbers to recent hotel renovation, along with more people visiting the area looking for a place to stay.

"Obviously tourism is up because people want to get out and see the beauty of the area," Latham said. "So we're very excited and we hope to see a continued increase throughout the summer and throughout the following years."

Cain says they're working on a new website for Quincy, along with a new wine trail spanning a three-county area, all in hopes of giving visitors something to do year-round.

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