Emanuel Begins Push To Increase Tourism

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce plans Wednesday to streamline efforts to bring more tourists and conventions to the city.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau and the Office of Tourism and Culture are being combined.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports

The Office of Tourism and Culture is a department within city government. The Convention and Tourism Bureau is a nonprofit dedicated to selling Chicago as a destination for vacations and business travel, the Chicago Tribune explained.

The Tribune reports the aim of the merger is to reduce costs and use the savings to help pay for a more extensive marketing campaign on the city’s behalf.

The new entity starts operations July 1, with the goals being to increase the number of visitors by 10 million over the next few years.

The city is also hoping to lure more tourists from overseas.

Despite being the nation’s third largest city, Chicago currently ranks 10th in the nation in the number of foreign visitors.

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  • Afro

    I am not anti Government, there has to be rule or there will be chaos. However what I have to say next is depressing to the point I will retire myself in full.

    Nothing can be done to make this country better. The politicians that are in control are the ones destroying this country and everyone knows it. The enemy that has captured America did not fight us in a conventional way, it out flanked our military it out flanked the citizens and it has quietly infiltrated our political system, and has assumed all power over the Nation. If you don’t believe me try to say something like I just did and you will be on the FBI’s watch list.

    • jwr

      Since Mayor Emanuel is doing a big push for tourism in Chicago, he should move Lollapalooza to Northerly Island or another area away from Buckingham Fountain and other tourist attractions that are shut down during Lollapalooza.

      Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, etc. are public property and should never be cordoned off from tourists.

  • tom sharp

    Come to Chicago and get ticketed for driving 26 MPH within a block of a school or park, then pay about $30/hr. to park downtown, then pay a double digit percentage amusement tax on any event you care to go to, and finally get mugged by a flash mob on your back to your car. Yeah that will work!


    Nobody that i know wants to come to Chicago anymore…… too scared, day time shootings, robberies, car jackings.. and on and on and on……… Everthing from parking to stores and all else too expensive………… Nothing in Chicago worth comming to see or anything else!!!!!!! The government is in total control…. Chicago, USED TO BE A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT EVEN LIVE AT…. BUT NOT ANYMORE. UNLESS U HAVE MONEY TO SPEND ON WORTHLESS JUNK, TRASH…. UN-INTERESTING NOTHING, IT’S A SHAME, WHAT WAS ONCE A GREAT PLACE……… IS NO LONGER…. SO SAD!!!!!!!!

  • E M R L

    I hope these tourists know with the speed cameras going up, speed walking is a $50 ticket while driving a car is $100. Walking on the wrong side of the street is $75 due to the fact you can bump into someone more offten than speed walking! This is for public safety and NOT just to generate revenue! Our greedy politicans need the revenue to support their pet projects and keep the TIF revenue secret from prying eyes of the public, after all their families need to be employeed!

  • Jim Hamilton

    I will do everything I can to insure people do not go to Chicago even if I have to run T.V. adds telling the truth about The great cesspool.

    How is having your car window shattered at a red light and your, wife, or daughter dragged out to an Alli to be raped a fun place to go?

    How is having a car roll up next to you and start shooting in to your car a fun place to go?

    How is being robbed of your jacket at the bus stop then shot after giving it up a fun place to go?

    How is watching your children in fear from robbers putting you on your knees at gun point in the train station a fun place to go?

    How is watching your loved one being beaten and robbed on the bus a fun place to be?

    How is being robbed at gun point for your wallet and cell phone a safe place to be.

    How is having your wife or daughter beaten and raped in the public restroom at the beach a fun place to be?

    Only 30% of the murders were solved last year as someone else said if you get dead there is a 70% chance they won’t find out who did it how is that a fun place to be?

    The list goes on and on and it’s not once in a while it’s every single gawdam day.

  • enough of greed

    only blamed us people for voting all the politicians that think there are over head and not thinking for the people by the people.yes,allthe comments above so far i agreed.how does the mayor,gov,and the rest elected officials justified raising our taxex,if they cannot even try to count down their own salaries and hiring their families.all illinois politicians from city,county,and state are for themselves and their own interests.best way to count down corrupt politicians.TERM LIMIT ONLY.LIKE THE PRESIDENT OF AMERICA.

  • Jim

    What does Chicago have that I can’t see anywhere else? For water I would prefer to go to an ocean, for museums I would prefer to go to NYC or Washington DC (much more to do there), etc. Unfortunately nothing about Chicago, other than high prices and corruption, stands out…

    • Afro

      Englewood stands out, they could go there to see the protected species that will someday rule the world

  • Dan

    Just imagine, foreign visitors coming to Chicago to visit our famous Englewood community. There’s never a dull moment down there on the south side!!!

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  • Kevin

    Perhaps if Chicago advertised they will provide tour buses with bullet proof glass it would entice visitors to come here. At least give them something for the hefty taxes and parking fees they will pay.

  • Carole

    Emanuel is a complete idiotic moron. He should be more dedicated , concerned and focused on all the SHOOTINGS, MURDERS AND CRIMES, instead of worrying about tourism. Just like any other no good politician, the MAJOR ISSUES of IMPORTANCE does not apply.

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  • 38Special

    Hey Rahm Cime goes up tourism goes down GUESS WHAT If crime goes down Tourism goes up fukn moron don’t have a clue

  • juju

    Make sure all tourists read this board. Maybe they will see how the euro-pee-on has advanced since the Romans tamed them. Not much. Hey, Jefferson Park is a nice area, if only the signs were in English. America’s language.

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