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Advocacy

Illinois State Capitol, Photo Courtesy of Illinois Office of TourismICCVB serves as a central source for legislative information and issues affecting the travel industry. The organization's Legislative Committee (see Committees) maintains an eye on the industry so that it can quickly inform the membership about proposed legislation and its potential impact. To help fulfill this role, ICCVB maintains a partnership with Consulting4Biz, Inc. and other organizations.

The committee annually plans an industry-wide advocacy event in Springfield to meet with the legislation on the importance and impact of travel and tourism. Additionally, surveys are conducted from time-to-time, and the results are shared with the membership and used by the organization to help shape Illinois legislation that benefits the travel industry. Members will find the following resources to be helpful in their advocacy efforts.

ICCVB Municipal Hotel Tax Rate Data

Select this link to download a PDF document  of municipal tax rate data for a variety of ICCVB member locations. This document was created in December 2016. If your bureau is not listed, or if you have a correction, please contact ICCVB's legislative chair, John Groh.

Tourism Matters

ICCVB engaged Tourism Economics to conduct an independent analysis of state tourism promotion funding in Illinois and to analyze the potential impacts to the state, and local economies, of hypothetical long-term reductions to state tourism promotion funding, also referred to as destination promotion funding. Select this link to access Tourism Matters and the complete study.

Illinois Tourism Funding - Think Outside the Deficit

ICCVB provides members and the industry with tools to support tourism funding efforts! Select this link to access Illinois Tourism Funding - Think Outside the Deficit.

Choose Chicago Advocacy

ICCVB member Choose Chicago has developed an extensive online Advocacy tool and provides direct access to it from this location. Sections include:

  • Advocacy 101 - a basic primer on what you can do
  • Advocacy Toolkit - talking points, contacting and building relationships with your legislator
  • Find Your Elected Official - state-of-the-art resource for finding your legislative officials
  • Issues & Alerts - current updates on the issues affecting the travel community
  • Stats & Facts - key statistics on travel and tourism, both locally and nationally

Visit Choose Chicago Advocacy to visit the website and utilize its resources.

Illinois General Assembly

For information on your Illinois State Representatives and specific legislation, visit the Illinois General Assembly website.

Tourism Funding: A Must for the State of Illinois

This one-page flyer is an excellent source of information for members who are looking for support on the positive economic impact of tourism in Illinois. It addresses revenue and job generation in a succinct, understandable format. It was originally created to support ICCVB members participating in the Annual Lobby Day in Springfield. Select this link to download this PDF flyer.

Consulting4Biz

For legislation of interest, please visit our legislative partner, Consulting4Biz, Inc.