A new 3.7 million-square-foot all-natural health club started construction recently and promises free access to the 1.5 million people who live within 15 minutes of it.
While talking recently with a local hotel manager, we discussed the challenges facing the travel and tourism industry. There were the obvious ones like the economy and the overall business climate.
“The stories are in these faces,” I said out loud while walking through the Historic Pullman Foundation Visitors Center. Looking at the historic images of the proud Pullman Porters and mustached Hotel Florence workers and guests, I saw stories waiting to be told.
U.S. Sen. Dick Dubrin, left, and Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau President/CEO Jim Garrett at the Historic Pullman Foundation Visitors Center in Chicago after the Jan. 24 announcement of the Pullman National Historical Park Act.
With Thanksgiving recently passed and the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time to reflect on the many things we are thankful for here in the Chicago Southland. I am thankful for ...
Jim Garrett is president and CEO of the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The value of tourism in Illinois is over $1 billion of direct spending by the 100 million visitors this past year. The tourism industry added 6,700 jobs, with one in 10 jobs directly or indirectly related to tourism. Tourism means business for Illinois.
What economic engine could you activate in your community with a $6 return per $1 investment and in the meantime create something local residents also would enjoy? Invest in tourism.
I was speaking with a young banker at a recent networking event, when I asked him, “How long have you been in the hospitality industry?”
All across America this week, Destination Marketing Organizations, like the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau, are celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week. This week, we focus on how everyday Americans benefit from tourism. Whether directly through employment, or throug…
Today, we introduce new members of The Times Editorial Advisory Board. They have agreed to share their opinions on issues of local and regional interest. Look for these familiar names and faces on columns in the Forum section over the next year.
As we approach the holiday season and the end of the year, I find myself oscillating between reflecting the year that has been, and the year that is to come. The municipalities in the Chicago Southland accomplished many things that advanced their economic and community development. Some of t…
During the recent Diversity Inc. annual dinner and awards at Olympia Fields County Club, the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau was awarded the Community Spirit award for the bureau's ongoing support of diversity in our marketing and development campaigns.
The week of May 8-14 marks National Travel and Tourism Week in the United States. Tourism's impact on the national, state and local economies cannot be understated, and the jobs the travel and tourism industries provide the American work force are substantial.
Several tourism-related projects of note are under way in Chicago's south suburbs that will have an impact far beyond our borders.
Today, we introduce new members of The Times Editorial Advisory Board. These individuals have agreed to share their opinions on issues of local and regional interest. Look for these familiar names and faces on columns in the Forum section over the next year.
It's that time of year when we traditionally assess our individual situations, count our blessings and celebrate the human spirit. In 2010, for many of us, assessing is outdistancing the counting and celebrating by a mile.
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