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Former Representative Patti Bellock and DuPage Board Chair Tonia Khouri Honored with Friend of Tourism Award

Oct 16, 2018 01:07PM ● By Hannah Ott

Oak Brook, IL — Beth Marchetti, executive director of the DuPage Convention &Visitors Bureau (DuPage CVB) presented former State Representative Patti Bellock and DuPage County Board Economic Development Committee Chair Tonia Khouri with the organization’s Friend of Tourism award. Bellock and Khouri were honored during the DuPage CVB’s Annual Meeting of Partnership on Thursday, September 27th where 200 travel and tourism partners convened at Le Jardin Restaurant in Wheaton's Cantigny Park. The organization’s sales and marketing strategies impact hundreds of businesses, contribute to resident quality of life and to DuPage County’s economy. 

“On behalf of the DuPage CVB Board of Directors, our members and partners, it is my sincere pleasure to officially recognize the continued commitment and support from former State Rep Bellock and County Board Chair Khouri,” said Marchetti. “They have each contributed significantly to an industry that supports more than 23,000 employees and generates more than $200 million in local and state tax revenue.”

As a longtime champion of tourism and essential economic driver for DuPage and the state, Representative Bellock understands the challenges and opportunities associated with growing visitation to DuPage County.  She has been an avid supporter, working as a leader in the General Assembly with the DuPage CVB to protect its state tourism funding - a critical element for continued development and implementation of strategic initiatives to grow business and leisure visitation throughout DuPage.

In her role as Chair of the DuPage County Board Economic Development Committee and as a board member of the DuPage CVB, Khouri has been an active partner, working to secure additional annual funding and dedicated dollars for targeted initiatives. As a small business owner herself, Khouri recognizes tourism is an essential part of a healthy economy for DuPage County, delivering a significant return on investment for residents and the business community.  Chairman Khouri successfully advocated for the creation of a grant program that creates funding from the CVB, the County and participating DuPage communities to help collectively drive group business to local hotels, ultimately increasing tax revenue to the County.  The initiative generated significant financial returns for the tourism industry throughout DuPage. 

Source: Meghan Risch (312) 388-1174