National Travel and Tourism Week, May 2-10, 2015, is the Hospitality industry’s Annual Salute to Travel and Tourism in America, a tradition that was established by a congressional resolution in 1983 and first celebrated in 1984.
The data is irrefutable; travel promotes physical and physiological health and improves
workplace productivity. In 2013, the average U.S. employee skipped 3.2 days of paid time off.
According to a recent study, if workers used all of their available paid time off, the U.S.
economy would gain $160 billion in additional annual business sales, which would support 1.2
million new jobs and generate $21 billion in new annual tax revenues. If employees would take
just one additional day of earned leave each year, it would add $73 billion annually to the U.S.
Travel holds measurable benefits for our minds, bodies, relationships, businesses and economy.
So Meet Chicago Northwest encourages all our website visitors to take their vacation days; do
something great for your health, your business, and for the economic health of the U.S.
TAKE A VACATION!
But why does tourism matter?
- CHICAGO NORTHWEST TOURISM SAVES YOU MONEY
- Tourism saves the average Illinois household $1,300 in taxes each year
- CHICAGO NORTHWEST TOURISM MEANS JOBS
- 1 in 11 jobs in Illinois are tourism related
- Over 20,000 jobs in Chicago Northwest are tourism related
- 8.7 jobs are created by every $1 million spent by travelers in Illinois
- $9.2 billion of payroll income was generated by traveler spending in Illinois in 2013
- CHICAGO NORTHWEST VISITORS PROVIDE TAX RELIEF
- Over $2.6 billion state and local tax revenues from tourism in 2013
- Chicago Northwest visitors paid over $20 million in state & local hotel taxes in 2014
- Funding education, health care, public safetyand social services around the state
- CHICAGO NORTHWEST VISITORS SPEND MONEY
- Illinois visitors spent nearly $34.6 billionin Illinois in 2013
- Over 2.2 million Chicago Northwest hotel rooms were occupied in 2014
- Over 105.7 million visitors came to Illinois in 2013