http://www.chicagobusiness.com/arti...o-slips-as-a-travel-spot-while-illinois-gains Fewer leisure travelers came to Chicago last year, marking a low point for the city's tourism in the past six years. But business travel perked back up. A total of 38.1 million people came to Chicago in 2010, according to figures released Monday by Gov. Pat Quinn's office. That was down 3.5% from 39.5 million visitors in 2009 and a 16.6% drop from 45.7 million in 2008. (Travel to Chicago peaked in the past decade in 2007, when 46.3 million people visited the city.) Don Welsh, president and CEO of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, pins the drop on people reluctant to make day trips into the city. "We've had a couple of spikes in gasoline prices, so in many cases, people will stay closer to home," Mr. Welsh said. But he says he is encouraged by the data showing the number of overnight visitors to Chicago rose 7.4% in 2010. "That's the (type of visitor) coveted by cities around the world," he said. "Overnight visitors are spending time at restaurants and shopping at stores."