Jumpstarting tourism in cities across the country will be more complicated than simply opening doors again – especially in cities with large populations like Chicago. However, working together proves more effective, and in Chicago, more than 250 businesses are banding together to join Choose Chicago’s new initiative, Tourism & Hospitality Forward. It bolsters a safe reopening that encourages tourism as well as meetings and events in
Choose Chicago’s Ben Smock shares tricks of the trade.
Dawn Young first joined Choose Chicago in June 2005 as director of association sales, and in May this year, was promoted to vice president of hotel sales. It’s a perfect example of rising up the ranks for someone who’s so passionate about moving tourism forward. Though her experience in the industry runs deep, she’s got her work cut out for her to keep the numbers growing: Chicago set a tourism record in 2017 with more than 55 million visitors. A major reason for that? “Chicago just rocks accessibility,” says Young.
Chicago is nearing its goal of attracting 55 million annual visitors—and everyone, including the meetings and events industry, is benefitting from the attention.
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Michelle Revuelta was recently hired as the vice president of media relations for Choose Chicago.
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.
Maybe nice guys finish first after all. Because while “second city” Chicago has often fallen short to New York in everything from skyscrapers to baseball games, the Windy City recently grabbed two high-profile events right out of The Big Apple’s grasp.
They make an impression without saying a word. They work hard for your business and aim to impress, and when all is said and done, they relish in your shared success. They are simply the best. These are the venues, services and entertainment options that you picked in the 10th annual Best of Illinois readers’ choice awards. All 25 winners represent the best and brightest of the meetings and events industry in Illinois.
Best Audio-Visual/Visual Presentation Provider
These achievements highlight Chicago’s continuing efforts to become the greenest city in the world and achieve 50 million annual visitors by 2020.
Brad Kent has recently joined the Choose Chicago team as the Senior Vice President of Sales & Services.