Growth in leisure travel pushed Illinois’ domestic visitor level to more than 99 million in 2012, a record for the second year running.
The state saw a 6.1 percent increase in visitors last year, surpassing a national growth rate of 5.4 percent, Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to announce Monday. The data, prepared by D.K. Shifflet & Associates Ltd., closely tracks results for Chicago, which were announced last month.
“Another year of record-breaking numbers proves that travel is back and the tourism industry in Illinois is thriving,” Quinn said in a statement.