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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.  

Planners are putting wellness at the center of events. 

 

With new facilities opening soon, organizers will have more venues to choose from than ever before.