Appears Springfield had booming summer tourism season
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
Now that kids are back at school, summer tourism season is coming to a close.
"We had a very nice tourism season; We certainly hope that it's not over,” Café Moxo owner Mark Forinash said.
Cafe Moxo's business is thriving. The downtown Springfield restaurant's transaction count is up 14 percent this summer compared to last.
“We did notice a lot of people doing a lot more of what they call staycation, where maybe they're staying inside the state,” Forinash said.
Studio on 6th, an art co-op, said business has been great for them too.
“I didn't meet quite as many families last year as I did this year, so overall for the summer we were definitely up,” Studio on 6th owner Alicia Bibb said.
The studio brought in 23 percent more revenue this August compared to last.
"July was a little bit sluggish, just slightly, but then we had a 23 percent increase in August so we were really excited about that," Bibb said.
The Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau said numbers are looking strong this summer.
They tell us all indicators are pointing towards an increase, but they're still waiting on August hotel occupancy numbers.
August was a big tourism month in the area with the Illinois State Fair and the Farm Progress Show.
The Visitors Bureau said even the eclipse brought tourists to Springfield.
Downtown Springfield, Inc. said 30 new businesses opened in the last two years. They said three have closed their doors.