Posted Online: July 03, 2013, 11:20 am

IOT Road Show coming to John Deere Pavilion July 11

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Press release submitted by Chicago and Beyond


IOT Road Show is coming to a town near you

The Illinois Office of Tourism is ramping up for the 2013 Illinois Road Show, Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12. Each year IOT hits the road to share compelling economic and social benefits of Illinois' travel and tourism with industry partners and media. We have great news to share this year and it's a direct result of our hardworking tourism industry!

This year, they're putting the "show" in Road Show which will expand Road Show to five full days and include a social media component to encourage more consumer engagement along the way. They will be traveling the state in a fully-wrapped, branded Road Show bus; making an impact in each region by meeting with media and stakeholders and visiting more attractions and events. We will also recognize outstanding industry achievements and individuals along the way who have helped make Illinois tourism a success.

The theme of this year's Road Show is the "Illinois Travel Effect" – highlighting how travel positively affects individuals and businesses through relationship building and increased productivity. We will announce industry news throughout Illinois, including the latest visitor and economic impact numbers and upcoming statewide tourism initiatives. Here is a tentative schedule of the stops for media events while touring in Illinois.

Monday, July 8
10:30 a.m.: Chicago – Art Institute of Chicago

Tuesday, July 9
10:00 a.m.: Carbondale – Alto Vineyard Tasting Room
5:30 p.m.: Hartford – Lewis & Clark National Trail Interpretive Center

Wednesday, July 10
1:00 p.m.: Springfield – Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Thursday, July 11
9:30 a.m.: Moline – John Deere Pavilion
3:30 p.m.: Utica – Starved Rock State Park Lodge

Friday, July 12
8:00 a.m.: Rockford – Anderson Japanese Gardens
3:00 p.m.: Joliet – Chicagoland Speedway