DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — A new law puts more state money back into the hands of local tourism groups.
It could mean more visitors and their disposable income coming to Central Illinois. Previously, the state could use 10% of local tourism money; now it can only use 3%.
Officials with the Danville Area Visitors and Convention Bureau say the extra money will help them market the community to outsiders.
Currently, tourism in the state is booming, so supporters believe it will only continue growing. Last year, the state reported record numbers and, this year, Illinois turns 2000.
Meanwhile, Mayor Scott Eisenhauer says the money will only multiply once it’s put to use. He says those dollars help fund city services.
The town has been making a big push for tourism lately. Balloons over Vermilion just returned a few years ago and the city is pursuing a riverfront development project. Eisenhauer says the new law will be good for both.
Another tourism project in the works is Collins Tower. The new owners of the 100-year old building plan to renovate it and turn it into a 1920s-themed hotel, conference center and amusement park.
The Collins are using private and personal money for the project. Their goal is to have it finished in a year.