CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s big tourism agency says the latest numbers show spending by visitors to Chicago is hitting record levels and rising, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Donald Welsh, CEO and President of Choose Chicago, says total tax revenue from domestic and overseas visitors reached more than $800 million in 2012.READ MORE: Frank Pietrangelo, Hero Of 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Says He Was Among Those Sexually Abused By Hockey Coach Tom 'Chico' Adrahtas
“We brought about 170,000 more international visitors to the city. That translated into probably a 450-500 million dollar increase to the economy alone,” said Welsh.READ MORE: Shane Jason Woods Of Downstate Auburn, Illinois Charged In Jan. 6 Capitol Insurrection
Welsh says these aren’t his numbers,
“The numbers we are sharing today actually come from U.S. Travel, which is the spokesman for the industry based in Washington D.C. and they report to all cities and states how well they have done in the previous years,” said Welsh.MORE NEWS: Police Investigate After Video Shows Man With Gun, Woman Hiding Behind Police Officer Who Seemingly Walks Away
And the trends are continuing in revenue and jobs.