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.
Palmer House Hilton
The Illinois Governor's Conference on Travel & Tourism has announced the date for the 2014 conference held in downtown Chicago. The event will take place February 3-5 at the Palmer House Hilton.
The conference conference committee, ICCVB and the Illinois Office of Tourism have planned to kick off the event with the Illinois Excellence in Tourism Awards featuring Bill Kurtis as the Master of Ceremony on Monday evening.
More details about this event will become available in the coming months.
Since opening in 1871, the hotel has hosted countless world leaders, heads of state and celebrities. Additionally, the Palmer House Hilton has been the site of some of the nation’s most important events such as the campaigns for presidency for Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.