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DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau Hosts Annual Meeting of Partnership

Oct 16, 2018 01:45PM ● By Hannah Ott
Oak Brook, IL — The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau (Dupage CVB) had their Annual Meeting of Partnership on September 27th at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. At the event, 200 travel and tourism partners met to learn about the current state of DuPage tourism as well as plans for the future. Two supporters of the DuPage CVB were honored with the Friend of Tourism Award and panelists discussed how DuPage will compete with other booming centers of tourism. 

Beth Marchetti, executive director of the Dupage CVB, presented the organization’s Friend of Tourism award. This year's awardees were former State Representative, Patti Bellock, and DuPage County Board Economic Development Committee Chair, Tonia Khouri. Read more about their continuous support of DuPage tourism and how they helped shape it.

Partners also learned about the growing success of DuPage tourism before the panel discussed its future. Marchetti announced, "Growth in 2017 visitation contributed to a 3% increase in visitor spending which is now at $2.6 billion. The growth also helps residents as it represents a savings of approximately $1,300 per year in taxes for the average DuPage County household, according to the Illinois Office of Tourism." Marchetti explained the importance of investing in tourism stating that “every $1 invested in tourism marketing generates $9 in return,” for the county.  
 
The panelists focused their discussion on competition and how DuPage can be a stronger competitor in the tourism world. The panel included three industry experts: Michael Jacobson, President and CEO of Illinois Hotel Lodging Association; Ted Mandigo, President of T.R. Mandigo & Co.; and Mitch Nichols, President of Nichols Tourism Group. They led a riveting discussion on where and how tourism booms and how DuPage can compete for the future. They discussed how neighboring cities work with hotel partners to provide better rates for visitors, market share protection, the importance of building value through economic development offices and how cities outside of Illinois, from Grand Rapids to New Delhi, became quick-growing centers for tourism in 2018. 
 
The DuPage CVB’s sales and marketing strategies impact hundreds of businesses and contribute to resident quality of life and to DuPage County’s economy. To learn more about how to become a member visit The Dupage CVB's membership page
 

Source: Meghan Risch meghan@r4commstrategies.com (312) 388-1174