Herrell Testifies to Illinois Senate Committee
Even as the pandemic seems to be winding down, it's going to take a long time for travel and tourism to recover. That was the message Thursday to the Illinois General Assembly from tourism and convention organizations around the state.
Dave Herrell, President and CEO of Visit Quad Cities, is also Board Chair of the Illinois Council of Convention and Visitor Bureaus. He met with a Senate committee
"We don't think we're going to get revenues back to 2019 levels until at least fiscal year '24, but then the Illinois Department of Revenue, in looking at the hotel-motel tax that flows in to the state, they're really projecting fiscal year '25."
He expects leisure travel will recover faster than travel for meetings, events, conventions, and conferences.
"Sometimes people aren't booking until 2024, 2025, 2026 and beyond. So it takes a lot of time to cultivate these relationships."
And it's not just COVID limiting travel and tourism in Illinois and the US, there's also inflation and rising gas prices.
The Illinois Council of Convention and Visitor Bureaus includes 37 organizations from Chicago and all of downstate.