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Chicago Tourism Numbers: Both City And State Tallied Record Number Of Visitors Last Year

FILE - In this June 24, 2009, file photo Anna Kane, 5, of Alton, Ill. looks down from "The Ledge," at the Sears Tower in Chic
FILE - In this June 24, 2009, file photo Anna Kane, 5, of Alton, Ill. looks down from "The Ledge," at the Sears Tower in Chicago. The glass balcony suspended 1,353 feet (412 meters) in the air and jut out 4 feet (1.22 meters) from the Sears Tower's 103rd floor Skydeck, is one of the changes this year for the tallest building in the United State which will officially be renamed to Willis Tower, for the London-based Willis Group Holdings, on July 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

The numbers are in, and as predicted, the Windy City had a record-setting year for tourism in 2012.

Back in June, city officials said Chicago saw a near-record 46.2 million visitors last year. With international tourism numbers confirmed, the official tally comes to a revised total of 46.37 million people.

Crain's Chicago Business says the city boosted advertising in countries like Brazil, China and Britain as part of a plan to fulfill Mayor Rahm Emanuel's goal of welcoming 50 million people annually by 2020. As the Tribune reports, the biggest gains in international visitors came from Asian and Latino countries.

According to 2012 numbers from across the state, Illinois also saw more than 100 million visitors a year for the first time ever. More than 2 million of those visitors were from outside the U.S. according to NBC 13. Illinois officials said the tourism dollars the state pulled in helped create 300,000 jobs statewide.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Illinois increased its tourism volume by 11 percent to place it sixth overall among the top states visited by overseas travelers -- behind Nevada, Hawaii, California, Florida and New York.

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