PEORIA (HOI) -- Tourism in the Peoria area accounted for over $684 million in spending in 2019 and supported over 5,000 jobs, the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau reported Monday.
The Bureau's economic impact data report also shows local tax income from tourism spending amounted to $17.3 million for that same year.
The $684.08 million in tourism spending was a 4.25% increase from 2018, according to the Bureau, which is also known as Discover Peoria.
The report provided data for Peoria, Fulton, Marshall, Mason, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford counties.
“The 2019 numbers show that the economic impact of tourism on our region is powerful and significant,” said JD Dalfonso, president and CEO of Discover Peoria in a statement. “That is what makes the effects of COVID-19 that much more sobering in 2020 as we continue to deal with the fallout of reductions to the travel and tourism economy locally.”
Peoria County in 2019 had tourism spending of $373.78 million and collected $8.57 million in local taxes, according to the Bureau.
Tazewell County was second for the amount of tourism spending and local taxes collected in the area, with $220.36 million and $4.34 million, respectively.