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State of the State: The Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism is Coming Soon

Hello readers, It’s that time of year again—when the whole state gathers for the Illinois Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism. This year’s event will focus on “The Power of People and Travel” and will be held in Springfield, March 19–22. Registration is now open, and with all these special details to look forward to, reserve your spot now before spots fill up.

The Speakers

Featured guests will include…

Get Your Kicks and Food Fix on Route 66

Encompassing 421 miles in our state alone, Route 66 is the perfect road trip to map out attractions and food options that prove there’s definitely more than corn in Illinois.

Meet Cory Jobe, Illinois Office of Tourism

“I consider myself the state cheerleader,” laughs Cory Jobe, a Springfield alderman who, in February, became the state director for the Illinois Office of Tourism. The combination uniquely fits the natural born tour guide, who was raised in the small town of Robinson, “home of the Heath candy bar,” and has big plans for boosting the profile of Main Street Illinois while keeping four consecutive years of visitor growth on track for the near future.

Get to Know Springfield

Population: 116,000

Location: Illinois’ capital city sits along old Route 66 and, as such, continues to be a central extension of the Midwest, just a three-hour drive from Chicago and 90 minutes from St. Louis. It’s accessible by air (American, United and Allegiant offer flights) and rail with Amtrak service from multiple cities, making it an easy option to convene with attendees and clients.

Springfield, Illinois Tourism’s New Brand Announced as “Always Legendary”

Approximately 250 hospitality industry employees and tourism supporters were in attendance last month when Mayor Mike Houston and the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau revealed the city’s new tourism brand, titled “Always Legendary,” in downtown Springfield.

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