Springfield Tourism Contributes to Record Economic Growth in IL | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield

Scott Dahl
Director, Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau
217-789-2360 ext. 5531

Springfield Tourism Contributes to Record Economic Growth in Illinois
Springfield & Sangamon County generated $17.2 million in local tax revenue and 
$536.8 million in visitor spending
Springfield, Ill., September 6, 2023 – Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today the area generated a local economic impact of $536.8 million and contributed to an increase in visitor spending across Illinois in 2022. In addition, this boost in tourism contributed $17.2 million in local tax revenue while directly supporting 4,700 jobs in the tourism and hospitality industry, according to the latest data provided by Tourism Economics, a global tourism research firm, which measures the number of visitors as well as their impact on Illinois’ economy during the 2022 calendar year.

“I am extremely proud of the Visit Springfield team, City of Springfield officials and tourism partners like the Springfield Hotel & Lodging Association & Illinois Office of Tourism.  Together we eclipsed $500 million dollars in direct travel expenditures and now have our sights set on selling one-million hotel room nights annually in Sangamon County.  The SCHEELS Sports Park, BOS Center, IL State Fairgrounds, Transportation Hub, Route 66 Centennial and legendary historic experiences will help break more tourism records down the road.”   

Last month, Governor JB Pritzker announced that Illinois reached its highest-ever hotel revenue figures in FY23 ($308 million) – surpassing the pre-pandemic record in FY19. Illinois welcomed 111 million visitors last year, representing 14 million additional travelers over 2021. In addition, visitor spending surged to $44 billion in 2022 – $12 billion over calendar year 2021 and 97% of record 2019 levels. As a result of tourist spending and visits in 2022, the overall economic impact – which includes indirect and induced impacts – amounted to a staggering $78 billion, a 30% increase from 2021 figures ($60 billion).

“Tourism is a key economic driver for our state, contributing to the growth of small businesses while generating jobs for our local communities,” said Kristin Richards, Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. “Illinois has made unprecedented investments in travel and tourism and we’re excited to build upon this record-breaking progress as we continue to promote Illinois and support the industry.” 

“From iconic road trips and scenic drives to family-friendly attractions, thrilling outdoor adventures and picturesque state parks, Illinois is full of extraordinary and diverse experiences that attract visitors from around the world,” said Daniel Thomas, Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism. “Our state’s award-winning tourism campaign, “Middle of Everything,” launched in 2022, has resulted in an enormous return on investment with every $1 spent on the campaign generating $10 in state and local tax revenue.”

Economic Impact of Domestic Travel by County: 
Sangamon County
Travel expenditures – $536.8 million (33.3% increase compared to 2021)
Local tax revenue – $17.2 million (37% increase compared to 2021)

Fast Facts about Illinois Tourism in 2022
  • Illinois welcomed 111 million visitors in 2022, an increase of 14 million travelers from 2021
  • Visitor spending resulted in $44 billion in 2022, an increase of $12 billion from 2021 
  • State and local tax revenue from visitor spending generated $4.3 billion
  • Visitor spending supported 270,600 tourism-related jobs, an increase of 38,300 jobs from 2021
  • Illinois reached its highest ever hotel tax revenue in FY23, $308 million

Annual economic impact data is provided by Tourism Economics and state hotel revenue collections are provided by the Illinois Department of Revenue. The hotel revenue figures represent all Illinois hotels, motels, and lodging establishment’s taxable revenue. 

To learn more about Illinois and to plan an Illinois getaway, visit www.EnjoyIllinois.com.
To learn more about Springfield and all there is to see & do, visit www.visitspringfieldillinois.com

Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau – Visit Springfield:
The Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) is the official destination marketing organization for the City of Springfield, Illinois.  The SCVB markets the capital city as a unique convention, meeting and leisure destination in support of our City, our community and our hospitality partners.

About the Illinois Office of Tourism:
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism manages industry efforts that result in sustainable and significant economic and quality-of-life benefits for Illinois residents.

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For more information, or to schedule an interview contact Scott Dahl, Director at 217-789-2360 ext. 5531 or e-mail scott.dahl@springfield.il.us.