It's getting harder for Illinois' many tourism bureaus to get the word out about their product. This is one of several fiscal concerns tourism leaders around the state are dealing with, as the purse strings are being drawn tight at the Statehouse. Tourism leaders from around Illinois recently converged on Springfield for its lobby day.
Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau spokesman Suzanne Halbrook says the state is cutting costs wherever it can, so they were at the State Capital to remind lawmakers how productive their industry is.
She says if we did not have tourism as a market segment in Illinois, every taxpayer would owe about $1,100 more annually to make up the difference. Illinois is the 5th largest state in tourism revenues.