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Sen. Fowler shares high IL tourism numbers

Sen. Fowler shares high IL tourism numbers (State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) is bringing attention to an all-time high in 2017 tourism numbers in Illinois.(Source - Raycom Media)).jpg
Sen. Fowler shares high IL tourism numbers (State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) is bringing attention to an all-time high in 2017 tourism numbers in Illinois.(Source - Raycom Media))

HARRISBURG, IL (Heartland News at 9) - State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) is bringing attention to an all-time high in 2017 tourism numbers in Illinois.

Numbers show that 114 million visited the state last year, three percent higher than the previous year.

Visitors spent around $39.5 billion during their visits.

“Illinois’ tourism industry is essential to our state, especially in the 59thSenate District. Our region boasts a number of local treasures and attractions that bring in tourists from all over,” said Sen. Fowler. “Tourism brings economic growth and opportunities to our state, boosting our economy, creating jobs and contributing to Illinois’ revenue intake.”

The Illinois Office of Tourism is executing their “Up for Amazing” marketing campaign. Sen. Fowler also hosts a southern Ill. video series.

“This series is about using my platform as an elected official to highlight the attractions of our district and do my part to continue encouraging visitors to check out Southern Illinois,” said Sen. Fowler.