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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Plenty of fun this fall in Chicago Southland

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Plenty of fun this fall in Chicago Southland

Although summer is not going away quietly, there is no doubt fall has arrived. This is a really great time for families and festivals in the Chicago Southland. Here are some of the top things to check out this fall.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: It’s never too late to appreciate your partners

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: It’s never too late to appreciate your partners

Sometimes in business, and in life, we feel like a lone sled dog on our own personal Iditarod pulling a loaded sled. Sometimes all we need is a partner, and suddenly the burden doesn’t seem as heavy as others join and pull towards the final goal.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: After 10 years, congrats to Cal-Sag Trail Coalition

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: After 10 years, congrats to Cal-Sag Trail Coalition

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.

June 18, 2014 1:00 pm
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Visitors economy produces value, jobs

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Visitors economy produces value, jobs

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.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Preserve historic Pullman places, faces

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Preserve historic Pullman places, faces

“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.

February 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Much to be thankful for in Chicago Southland

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Much to be thankful for in Chicago Southland

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 ...

December 01, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Chicago Southland hospitality efforts paying off

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Chicago Southland hospitality efforts paying off

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.

September 29, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Investing in tourism makes dollars and sense

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Investing in tourism makes dollars and sense

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.

July 21, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Sports is an economic driver in south suburbs

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Sports is an economic driver in south suburbs

Every year, we see more families building vacations around their child’s sporting events. Whether it’s a golf tournament at a prestigious course, a 300-team softball tournament or an NCAA sanctioned AAU basketball tournament, sports are driving family decisions on travel.

May 05, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Hospitality industry pumps dollars into economy

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Hospitality industry pumps dollars into economy

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?”

October 21, 2012 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Use your connections to land events for local venues

One of the prime missions of Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau is to attract and host conventions, trade shows, conferences and sporting events to financially benefit the region. Our marketing plan includes attending and exhibiting at more than 20 industry trades hows, placing…

August 05, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Tourism contributes to Chicago Southland economy

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Tourism contributes to Chicago Southland economy

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…

May 06, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Public art enriches community

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Public art enriches community

Many of us are awaiting the arrival of spring, even if old man winter is refusing to let go here in the Midwest. The changing of the season brings many opportunities for outdoor activities in the Chicago Southland.

March 04, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: This year's highlights, next year's preview

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: This year's highlights, next year's preview

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…

December 18, 2011 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Companies must develop their cultural competency

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Companies must develop their cultural competency

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.

October 23, 2011 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: National Travel and Tourism Week highlights tourism's benefits

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: National Travel and Tourism Week highlights tourism's benefits

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.

May 01, 2011 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Expanding convention center nears completion

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Expanding convention center nears completion

Several tourism-related projects of note are under way in Chicago's south suburbs that will have an impact far beyond our borders.

March 13, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Local contacts help bring events to south suburbs

Convention and visitor bureaus across the nation use a variety of methods to attract meetings, seminars, conventions, trade shows, sporting events and other events to their locale through coordinated sales and marketing efforts.

October 10, 2010 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Convention center expansion moves region forward

The expansion of the Tinley Park Convention Center is under way. A ceremonial groundbreaking was April 13.

April 25, 2010 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Good news for regional tourism and hospitality

The hospitality and tourism industries struggled along with everyone else in 2009, but the new year brings new hope to our industries, especially in the Chicago Southland region, where a major hospitality development project is under way to make the Southland more competitive in the national…

January 31, 2010 12:00 am

Chicago Southland hospitality sector rebounding

Recent data gathered by the Illinois Office of Tourism and Smith Travel Research, a leading hotel performance data company, indicate the tourism and hospitality sectors are poised for a modest recovery in 2011 throughout Illinois.

January 02, 2010 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Illinois Tollway 'building green' efforts save money, environment

The Southland portion of the Tri-State Tollway is now complete, and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority has completed the project on time and under budget. One of the ways the Toll Authority accomplished this was through innovative reuse and recycling methods that have saved Illinois t…

December 13, 2009 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: 2016 Olympic bid built strong foundation for future success

Now that I have had some time to digest the Chicago 2016 vote and its impact on Chicago and the Southland, I've concluded there is a silver lining in this experience.

October 18, 2009 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Time to consider a Chicago Southland Multi-Use Sports Complex

When people think of their favorite entertainment options, many people think of sporting events. You may not be a big sports fan, but chances are someone you know or love certainly follows or plays sports. Sports is big business in this country and all over the world.

August 09, 2009 12:00 am

Calumet-Sag Trail off and running

On Saturday, representatives from throughout the Chicago Southland and 14 river communities were to gather at Alsip's Freedom Park at 131st and Cicero to celebrate the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Calumet-Sag Trail.

June 07, 2009 12:00 am

Casino decision compels Southland plan for the future

The decision by the Illinois Gaming Board naming Des Plaines, Rosemont and Waukegan finalists in the bid for the state's 10th casino license was a great disappointment for the Chicago Southland region. Not one of the three Southland communities submitting bids -- Calumet City, Country Club H…

December 07, 2008 12:00 am

Tourism bureau efforts will bring business to region

Even in these tough economic times, the Chicago Southland CVB has been successful this past fiscal year in attracting new groups and events to the Southland region.

September 28, 2008 12:00 am

Tourism's role in these tough economic times

Every time we look at the newspaper, we hear more evidence of the downturn in the American economy. People are nervous, and rightly so. Gas prices continue to climb, foreclosures are on the rise, and the airlines are having a difficult time with fuel prices. Residents are tightening their be…

May 04, 2008 12:00 am

New events raise region's profile for visitors

Several past and upcoming meetings and events should raise the profile of the Chicago Southland as a visitor destination in the consumer's mind.

October 28, 2007 12:00 am

Thanks to IDOT for Kingery Xway improvements

The long wait and headaches are finally over as the Kingery Expressway Reconstruction Project (I-80/94 near the Illinois/Indiana State Line) is complete.

September 16, 2007 12:00 am

Regional tourism has major impact on local economy

With the recent recognition of National Tourism Week and the start of the summer travel season this Memorial Day weekend, now is a good time to look at regional tourism achievements during the past year. Tourism and hospitality continue to be strong and thriving industries in our region, hav…

May 27, 2007 12:00 am

Meet here and help your local economy

Whatever you like to do with your spare time, you probably belong to an association or organization of like-minded individuals. And that organization might hold a yearly meeting, monthly work sessions, biyearly tournaments or a series of seminars.

December 17, 2006 12:00 am

Interstate construction going smoothly

Most of the major road construction on I-80/94/294 and IL-394 should be over by the end of the year, according to the to Illinois Department of Transportation.

July 16, 2006 12:00 am

National Tourism Week highlights industry successes

People are traveling again.

April 30, 2006 12:00 am

New trails make bi-state connection

Now more than ever, Illinois and Indiana are working together to achieve common goals to benefit the residents of both states. Some border communities, like Lansing and Munster, are cooperating on projects that cross state lines and benefit potential visitors to the region.

February 12, 2006 12:00 am
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