2012 Chicago News and Updates for Travel Professionals
Chicago News: March 2012
Mayor Emanuel announces new combined Chicago tourism organization (PDF)
Mayor Emanuel today launched a new tourism organization for the city of Chicago, with the goal of attracting 50 million visitors per year by 2020 and resulting in nearly $4 billion a year in additional annual revenues for Chicago's economy. By combining the efforts of the current Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, the new organization will save $1.3 million in administrative costs that will be reinvested in national and international marketing campaigns.
"This new organization will allow us to focus all of the city's efforts to attract visitors for business, pleasure, and culture," said Mayor Emanuel. "By coordinating our efforts and establishing clear, measurable goals, we will show the world that Chicago is the best place to visit."
The New 184-Room Hotel Lincoln Opens This Month
Boutique hotel company Joie de Vivre is breathing new life into Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood with the opening of Hotel Lincoln this month.
Housed in a 1928 vintage building and overlooking Lincoln Park Zoo, Hotel Lincoln is a 12-story, 184-room boutique hotel that features:
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- 60 percent of rooms with lake views
- Acclaimed on-site restaurant Perennial Virant, which will also provide room service for the hotel
- An all-seasons rooftop bar
- Eccentric and funky room accents, like porcelain piggy banks
- Meeting spaces ideal for small meetings, intimate dinners and social events
NATO Summit Update
CCTB leaders will join the Chicago NATO Summit Host Committee, Governor Pat Quinn and First Lady Amy Rule for a delegation to Brussels next week to further promote Chicago as the host city for the NATO Summit May 20-21. "Chicago Week" will feature Chicago's assets through speeches, visual displays and, of course, food! Stephanie Izard, chef & owner of Girl & the Goat, will showcase her amazing culinary talents by cooking for 150 guests attending a special dinner followed by entertainment from the legendary Lonnie Brooks Blues Band.
The following week, a small delegation of NATO representatives and country representatives will visit Chicago to finalize special event venues and hotel accommodations.
The CCTB has been busy gearing up for the summit, assisting with hotel accommodation selection as well as venue selection. The press has reported that various track patterns and waterways will be impacted during the weekend event, but nothing definitive has been outlined yet. We encourage all our members to visit the Chicago Host committee website for more details: www.chicagonato.org
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