CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago set a new tourism record last year, attracting more than 57.6 million visitors during 2018.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the new numbers Friday morning, saying the increased number of visitors has meant more jobs and economic opportunities for the city. Chicago tourism-related employment was estimated at more than 150,000 jobs last year, up 1.2 percent.READ MORE: 'The Memories Will Never Go Away:' Cubs Finalizing Deal To Send Anthony Rizzo To Yankees
The numbers come from Choose Chicago , the city’s destination marketing organization. The data show Chicago saw a 4.4 percent increase in domestic visitors last year and a 2.9 percent increase in overseas visitors.READ MORE: Shock After Gunmen Shoot, Kill Barber, Customer In Front Of Multiple People At Lawndale Barbershop
Officials also announced that 59 additional conventions have committed to meet in Chicago in future years.MORE NEWS: 'I Hope The City Does The Right Thing And Refunds Those Tickets:' CBS 2 Investigators Discover Speed Camera Sign Mistakes, And Get Results
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