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newsletter January 2014 Newsletter (PDF):
2014 Chicago & Beyond Visitor Guides Have Arrived Our 2014 visitor guide is done and with a break in the cold temps, we are hoping for delivery next Monday, February 3rd. We appreciate the support of our regional partners as we updated content and images, and are in the process of making sure all new info is added to website. ... download pdf to read more

December 2013 Newsletter (PDF):
Mini Abe Showcases Illinois Maybe spontaneity is just exactly what Illinois needs more of as the state attempts to market its various attractions to tourists. Illinois’ current tourism ad campaign features a miniature statue of a familiar icon often associated with the state — Abe Lincoln. ... download pdf to read more

November 2013 Newsletter (PDF):
CANCEL: THE EXPERIENCE OF CULINARY TOURISM Well, it was a GREAT idea, had lots of promise and content to deliver, but the number of attendees just were not there. So, based on conversations with the Board of Directors and our restaurant partners, we have opted to cancel the workshops previously scheduled for the remainder of 2013. Just didn’t click with the partners, so we’re changing the game.   ... download pdf to read more

October 2013 Newsletter (PDF):
NOTE: We Have Moved Although somewhat unplanned, we moved our office back in August to new space at the Belvidere Township Building. Continuing our partnership with the City of Belvidere and Boone County, we wanted to remain in the community,   ... download pdf to read more

July 2013 Newsletter (PDF):
The Experience of Culinary Tourism Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 18, 2013 9:00AM—Noon at the Basil Tree Ristorante in downtown Dixon, 123 East 1st Street. Learn about The Experience of Culinary Tourism. Learn Culinary Tourism Best Practices from a panel discussion of industry leaders who attract tourists with tantalizing and savory delights.   ... download pdf to read more

June 2013 Newsletter (PDF):
Hitting The Road…..With the IOT Road Show The Illinois Office of Tourism is ramping up for the 2013 Illinois Road Show, Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12. Each year IOT hits the road to share compelling economic and social benefits of Illinois’ travel and tourism with industry partners and media. We have great news to share this year and it’s a direct result of our hardworking tourism industry! ... download pdf to read more

May 2013 Newsletter (PDF):
ANNUAL SALUTE TO TRAVEL AND TOURISM IN AMERICA! The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. For 2013, National Travel and Tourism Week is being held May 4-12.   .... download pdf to read more

April 2013 Newsletter (PDF):
2013CHICAGO & BEYOND VISITOR GUIDE….READY TO ROLL It’s true, the first time is always the hardest and the creation of our 2012 regional guide was just that.  Working with space constraints, print capacity, budget and of course the new regional service area, the entire process was new and different last year.   .... download pdf to read more

January 2013 Newsletter (PDF):
The 2013 Illinois Governor's Conference for Travel & Tourism is shaping up. The Conference takes place Wednesday, February 27 - Friday, March 1 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Co-Chairs Bob Navarro and Daniel Thomas, and committee members, are "shaking things up" by reinventing the conference. .... download pdf to read more

November/December 2012 Newsletter (PDF):
The Special Event Show (TSE) is the single largest trade show and conference in the world for event professionals, with attendees coming from over 56 counties.  The show has been produced for more than a decade by Penton Publishing and supported by the world-recognized trade publication the Special Events Magazine.... download pdf to read more

September/October 2012 Newsletter (PDF):
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Office of Tourism today announced designation of the 2012 Illinois Scenic Byway Week taking place October 6-13. Byways Week encourages public use of the state’s seven historic routes and also launches a new interactive website.... download pdf to read more

July 2012 Newsletter (PDF):
The 38th Annual National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit is being held in Chicago on August 6-9, 2012. This prestigious event will bring together state legislators, legislative staff, private sector and international delegates from all corners of the United States and the world for meetings and events in Chicago.... download pdf to read more

June 2012 Newsletter (PDF):
Taa daa…the new website is almost done.  As with most things, it takes a bit longer than anticipated, BUT, the site, www.chicagoandbeyond.com  is ready to roll.  While we are using Chicago & Beyond (with the ampersand in the name), that version of our name was NOT available in the web domain world.... download pdf to read more


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