Day: September 21, 2021

Statewide hotel group sees glimmer of hope in easing of restrictions for foreign travelers coming to U.S.

Chicago isn’t a foreign tourist magnet in the way of, say, New York City or San Francisco.

Historically, only about 5% of visitors here come from overseas. But Michael Jacobson was nevertheless thrilled this week at the announcement the Biden administration plans to ease coronavirus-related travel restrictions on foreign visitors to the United States.

“It’s been a long time coming; it’s something that, as an industry, we’ve been fighting for for months now,” said Jacobson, president and CEO of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association, which represents about 500 properties statewide, including about 150 in Chicago.

Beginning in November, the

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