This week is National Tourism week and, like much of the state, tourism is a big part of our Southern Illinois’ economy.
Looking at some of the statistics from last year, tourism in Illinois is doing better than ever. According to the Illinois Office of Tourism, the state saw one million more visitors in 2016 than in 2015, and 83% of these visitors came to the state for a vacation.
The 117th’s options for outdoor recreation are second to none, with a variety of spots for fishing, hiking, cycling, golfing, and other activities. On top of that we have a growing number of wineries and local breweries for those looking for good food and drinks.
has something for everyone to enjoy, which is why we should be proud of
everything we have to offer. Check out some of the links to local tourism websites provided below: