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What is a Convention and Visitors Bureau?
The mission of the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is to enhance the economic and environmental well-being of our region and partners through the promotion of tourism and the comprehensive marketing of our destination. The Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau helps to create business for the 13 communities we serve by aggressively promoting Chicagoland’s Northern Fox River Valley as an overnight destination and by increasing visitor awareness and expenditures for the maximum economic benefit of our tourism partners.

The Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau leads and supports the tourism industry in Chicagoland’s Northern Fox River Valley by providing the highest quality and most innovative marketing programs and promotions to ensure the continued growth of tourism and travel to this region from visitors around the world.

The convention bureau has three prime responsibilities:

  • To encourage groups to hold meetings, conventions, tradeshows, sporting events and group travel in the 13 communities of Chicagoland’s Northern Fox River Valley.
  • To assist these groups with meeting preparations in advance of their arrival and also while their meeting or event is in progress; and
  • To encourage tourists to visit and enjoy the historic, cultural, retail, dining and recreational opportunities this destination offers.

A CVB does not actually organize meetings, conventions and sporting events. It does, however, help meeting planners, tournament directors and visitors learn about the destination and area attractions and make the best possible use of all the services and facilities the destination has to offer.

The roots of present-day CVB’s stretches back to 1895 when a group of businessmen in Detroit put a full-time salesman on the road to invite conventions to their city. Today, CVB’s operate throughout the world.

The Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau was formed in 1984 through the combined efforts of the City of Elgin and local business leaders. Today, the CVB has grown to include 13 communities in Kane, McHenry, Cook and DuPage Counties; boasts over 1,100 hotel rooms and hundreds of entertainment, dining, shopping, retail and cultural options for visitors to enjoy and experience.

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