Many of us might take the idea of tourism throughout Will and Grundy counties for granted. Robert Navarro, president and CEO of the HCCVB said we should not.
"If we didn't have tourism, each family of four would be paying an additional $1,100 in taxes," he said.
Navarro spoke to members of the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 3.
He said one in 20 jobs in the area are in tourism.
Tourism in this area includes a number of different destinations, including the I&M Canal and Route 66. And some of the destinations may not be familiar to those of us who live along either the canal or Route 66. That is not by accident.
"Our goal is to bring (tourists) in from 50 miles away or greater," Navarro said.
The HCCVB promotes not only the destination, but restaurants and hotels in the area as well.
The state of Illinois sees $29.46 billion spent in tourism. Of that, $804 million is spent in the four counties that include Will and Grundy counties.