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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.
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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.
“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.
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.
Located in Springfield, Illinois, the Prairie Capital Convention Center was announced to be the host of the Fighting Illini men’s basketball games in November 2015.
Hired as an account executive for the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, Caitlin Davis will be working to secure convention, meeting and event business for the city in multiple market segments.
The Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield announced that its renovations are complete.
"[Event planners] can expect this facility to be competitive in both quality and pricing," said General Manager Brian Oaks. "Our renovation reflects what groups have been telling us they’d like to see."
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum complex, in downtown Springfield, has opened an exhibition of sets, costumes, and props from Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film Lincoln called "Lincoln: History to Hollywood."