It's not always easy 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 continue to deal with, but bringing visitors in from far away places can boost the economy.  One way to do that is to woo the journalists from foreign countries, which is what happened recently around the area.

Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau spokesman Jong Cambron says a group of travel writers from Europe were in town last weekend after traveling from Chicago on Route 66.

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According to recent statistics, 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.

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