Record year for tourism in Lake County

Visitor spending in Lake County set a record in 2011 at $1.13 billion, according to figures released this week by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, office of tourism. The amount is nearly 7 percent higher than 2010.

In travel spending, Lake County ranks behind Cook and DuPage counties, according to Visit Lake County formerly Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Lake County supports 9,970 tourism related jobs and about $24 million in tax was generated for local communities, according to the organization.

Some of the top attractions include Six Flags Great America/Hurricane Harbor; Gurnee Mills; Illinois Beach State Park; Great Lakes Naval Station graduation and the Chain `O Lakes.

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