June 29, 2017

Mayor’s Press Office

Strong Performance through the First Half of 2017 Poised to Break Tourism Record Set Last Year; Chicago Welcomed 28 Major Conventions so far in 2017

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and David Whitaker, President and CEO of Choose Chicago, today announced that projected hotel room demand and hotel occupancy continue to grow in the first half of 2017 as Chicago remains a destination for major meetings and conventions as well as leisure travel. Hotel room demand is projected to set records in each of the first six months of 2017 with year-to-date rooms occupied at the end of June projected to be up 4.0 percent. The 4.0 percent increase is fueled by growth in leisure visitors and group/meetings visitors. Hotel occupancy rates for Chicago also grew, now averaging a projected 70.7 percent rooms-occupied for the first six months of 2017. This continuously growing demand for hotel rooms occurred while room supply growth of 3.2% occurred, a result of three additional hotels opening in the first six months of 2017.