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    1. Executive Director Staci Wilken of Kankakee County Convention and Visitors Bureau with Illinois Tourism’s mascot, Big Lincoln. 

    <p>1. Executive Director Staci Wilken of Kankakee County Convention and Visitors Bureau with Illinois Tourism’s mascot, Big Lincoln.&nbsp;</p>
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    2. Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner speaks. 

    <p>2. Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner speaks.&nbsp;</p>
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    3. Andrea Cook and Elizabeth Miller of the Rockford Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau with Illinois Tourism Director Cory Jobe. 

    <p>3. Andrea Cook and Elizabeth Miller of the Rockford Area Convention &amp; Visitor’s Bureau with Illinois Tourism Director Cory Jobe.&nbsp;</p>
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    4. Illinois Tourism’s Vacation Station. 

    <p>4. Illinois Tourism’s Vacation Station.&nbsp;</p>
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    5. Leslie Munger speaks at the Excellence in Tourism Awards dinner. 

    <p>5. Leslie Munger speaks at the Excellence in Tourism Awards dinner.&nbsp;</p>
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    6. Attendees Mery Viera, Miriam Blumenthal and Tiffany Lutka. 

    <p>6. Attendees Mery Viera, Miriam Blumenthal and Tiffany Lutka.&nbsp;</p>
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    7. Crown Brew Coffee owners at the SNL-themed after-party. 

    <p>7. Crown Brew Coffee owners at the SNL-themed after-party.&nbsp;</p>
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    8. More fun at the SNL afterparty. 

    <p>8. More fun at the SNL afterparty.&nbsp;</p>
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    9. Closing breakfast. 

    <p>9. Closing breakfast.&nbsp;</p>

Nearly 500 people from Illinois and the greater Midwest gathered at the stunning Palmer House Hilton Feb. 26-28 for the annual Illinois Governor’s Conference on Tourism. During the three-day event, attendees had the chance to hear from key industry officials, including an opening keynote from Carroll Rheem, vice president of research for Brand USA; a luncheon talk on crisis management and tourism security from Dr. Peter E. Tarlow, founder and president of Tourism & More; and an address by Cory Jobe, director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, at the closing breakfast. Dynamic, thought-provoking breakout sessions included topics like pitching your destination to the media, secrets to better selling and creating a video marketing strategy. On Tuesday evening, a networking after-party at the SNL Experience inside Museum of Broadcast Communications was a hit.  

Andrea Hahn, general manager of Chicago’s new MB Ice Arena, knows her way around an ice rink.

 

Held at the United Center Sept. 21-23, 2018, the Laver Cup—a men’s tennis tournament pitting six top European players against six of their counterparts—marked the first time this major event has been held in the United States. Total event attendance was more than 93,000 people, with fans from around the world traveling to Chicago for an unforgettable experience with the game’s best players. “The Laver Cup was a huge win for Chicago,” says Kara Bachman, executive director of the Chicago Sports Commission.

 

Sports tourism in Illinois is much more than just a seat in the stadium.