Friday, August 3, 2012

What Happens in Lake County Stays in Lake County

That's not funny.Your biggest employers have moved their businesses to Cook County. And all your farmland was sold to bankrupt developers. A recipe for economic disaster? Not if you're Lake County -- that's because Lake County is on the way to being Illinois's #1 tourist Mecca. According to the Daily Herald ...
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.
Record year for tourism in Lake County
Lake County, like Michigan and other Midwest epicenters of economic mass-destruction, is hoping to rebrand itself -- and cash in big as the newest must-see-before-you-kick-the-bucket tourist destination. But before Lake County can aspire to be the next Wisconsin Dells, it will have to start marketing its unique attractions. There are, by any conservative estimate, at least ten of these, in many of which your LakeCountyEye has personally taken the pleasure:

Ten Good Reasons to Vacation in Lake County
and Not Some Other Place Instead
  1. See the ancient ruins of Mo-To-Ro-La.
  2. Visit Mundelein's famous backyard barnyards and petting zoos.
  3. Springfield may have the horseshoe sandwich. But only in Lake County can you sink your teeth into a Chick-fil-A deluxe chicken sandwich.
  4. Play fantasy baseball at Fielders Stadium ...
  5. ... and fantasy golf at Fort Sheridan.
  6. Zip-Line through one of Lake County's roundabouts.
  7. Stay the night totally free in a Lake County hoosegow. Contact a Lake County State's Attorney to find out how.
  8. WillardWorld!
  9. Go parasailing at a Libertyville windfarm.
  10. Waukegan: Come for the casinos ... Stay for the shows!

Look for your LakeCountyEye looking for lost luggage.

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