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2018-07-11   12:46:19   INGLÉS
Mexican travelers, key market for Illinois tourism

Mexico, Jul. 11 (Notimex).- Mexican travelers are positioned as one of the three key markets for the tourism sector in the state of Illinois, in the American Union, where a wide range of historical, cultural and natural attractions is concentrated for its visitors´ joy.

Cory Jobe, director of Tourism of Illinois, said in an interview that together with Canada and China, Mexico is one of the countries that brings more visitors to the entity and it is in their interest that the influx continues to increase in the coming years.

He said that only in 2016 it was visited by 195 thousand Mexican tourists, who left an important economic spill.

Data shared by Jobe reveal that 50.6 percent of visitors planned their trip for pleasure, 20.7 percent to see family or friends, 11 percent for school exchanges, and 10.6 percent for business.

Therefore, the tourist of pleasure is the main market in the American destination and which is sought to preserve and increase, because the Mexican is an enthusiastic and promising traveler.

The director shared that there are some challenges to keep this segment of tourists, such as the instability in the price of the dollar, but assured that if it is well oriented to future travelers, they can make a profit during their visit.

Mexicans should know that Illinois is more than Chicago and that there is a diversity of sites and activities in the surrounding area that can be exploited, such as exploring the iconic Route 66, the most historic highway in the United States.

Those who venture on this road trip or car trip will have the opportunity to live an experience that revives the golden age of the United States, visiting its classic style restaurants, autocinemas, among other attractions.

These are the obligatory stops on this route, the Joliet population to admire its architecture, used for various filming; Pontiac, where art and good gastronomy abound; Lincoln, historic space, and Springfield, capital of Illinois that enchants tourists for hosting the first capitol and spaces dedicated to Abraham Lincoln.

Jobe explained that in addition to this experience, visitors can take advantage of the natural environment of the state, because of its proximity to the Mississippi River, adventure activities and extreme sports are offered; this place is ideal for kayaking, mountaineering or simply traveling in a hot air balloon to have a panoramic view.

Also in the state of Illinois, Galena, an equivalent to a Magic Town, allows tourists to get closer to the local culture and its crafts.

The director of tourism stressed that in addition to all the attractions that the area has, Mexican visitors will find an inclusive, safe environment with friendly people willing to serve you.

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