Danville Area Dash
July 18, 2013
Tourism Numbers Up in Vermilion County for 2012!

The Danville Area Convention and Visitors' Bureau is pleased to announce the results of the yearly economic impact study, prepared for the Illinois Office of Tourism by the U.S. Travel Association.


Spending by visitors in Danville/Vermilion County topped $78 million, up 3.2% over the previous year. The impact tourism has on the area's economy is significant, and we have seen an increase in every category. Local payroll is up 2.7%, and local tax receipts are up 4.7% at $1.78 million. Since 1984, tourism has provided a steady source of income to Vermilion County, and we continue to rank in the top 25% of 102 Illinois counties.


The return on investment in the industry, however, represents much more than money in the bank. It is first-time jobs and careers at all levels, it's entrepreneurial spirit at its best, it's capital investment and taxes, it's quality of life, preservation, revitalization and sharing the celebration of our sense of place with others.


The U.S. Travel Industry study is done for each county in Illinois. It is the only independent study done yearly over an extended number of years using the same model, so we have a fair growth comparison and an excellent year-by-year benchmark. In 1991, visitor's expenditures were $30.01 million in Vermilion County. In 2012, they were $78.01 million.

Upcoming Events

August 17 & 18, David S. Palmer Arena

More than 100 exhibitors will be featured at this two day event showcasing products and services for the outdoor enthusiast - young and old. Special guests include Roger Raglin, Stan Potts, and 9 time champion and UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes. Tickets are $10.00 (children under 6 are free). Click here for more information.

Five area car and tractor clubs will organize the largest show in the area with over 225 vehicles on display! Live music, trolley rides and of course cheeseburgers will be available. Also happening at Kennekuk August 10, the 23rd Annual Howl 
at the Moon 8 Hour Run/Walk hosted by the 
Kennekuk Road Runners!
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