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Are headlines hurting tourism in Chicago?

Does Chicago have a PR problem?  If you live here, you might think so.

We are bombarded almost daily with headlines and news reports about people killing each other.   Chicago`s murder rate was set to break records until the police department implemented a new gang violence plan this summer.

Still the murder rate is high    and more violence could mean less tourists, who are crucial to the local economy.

So Mayor Emanuel formed a department to combat the negative press.  It`s called Choose Chicago and it has a yearly budget of $27 million dollars.

But can the city`s new tourism gurus overcome all the concerning headlines?

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2 Comments to “Are headlines hurting tourism in Chicago?”

    toni said:
    January 24, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    maybe if the meters weren't so high

    Gerald Land said:
    April 10, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Reports like that are definitely going to hurt tourism in any state or country. Magnificent sights and comfortable hotels are no reason to risk your safety.

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