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Lake County’s Tourism Influence Builds a Thriving Economy in Illinois

September 20, 2023

Lake County generated record numbers in local tax revenue and visitor spending; Highest since 2019.

GURNEE, IL – Lake County visitor spending increased $1.8 billion, a 34.4% surge, while employment rose 8.4 percent. Tourism-related jobs have jumped from 13,322 to 15,344. The local tax receipts have risen over $64.8 million, which is a 14% increase from 2019’s $55.5 million figure. Lake County continues to rank as one of the top three counties in Illinois for visitor expenditures behind Cook and DuPage County.

“Through tourism, Lake County has not only welcomed visitors from near and far but also opened doors to economic success and a brighter future for our community,” said Maureen Riedy, president of Visit Lake County.

“Travel not only broadens our horizons but also fuels the growth of Lake County. As we explore the world within our borders, we discover the hidden treasures that make our home truly remarkable,” Riedy said.

These numbers, provided by the U.S. Travel Association, are preliminary. Final visitor statistics will be available later this year.

Governor JB Pritzker revealed Illinois reached its highest-ever hotel revenue figures in the 2023 fiscal year, exceeding the 2019 fiscal year. Over the course of the last year, Illinois welcomed 111 million visitors, with an increase of 14 million travelers over 2021. Travelers spent $44 billion in 2022 which contributed to a 30% increase in the overall economic impact of Illinois.

Visit Lake County serves as the champion for tourism and the official destination marketing organization for Lake County, Illinois and represents municipalities, hotels, attractions and hospitality related businesses throughout the county. The agency offers travel resources at, and services for visitors and event planners to enhance the economic impact of travel spending in the county.

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