SCOTTSDALE AZ, USA (February 15, 2012) – The Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau (CCTB) is pleased to announce ConnectWorldwide as its Canadian travel trade and public relations agency.

“Chicago is a global city that truly resonates with Canadians,” says Charmaine Singh, President of Connect Worldwide Canada. “The metropolis offers something for everyone; from incredible theatre, architecture and art galleries to Michelin starred chefs, a vibrant music scene and unlimited sporting and athletic activities. The team at Connect Worldwide is thrilled to be working with such an exciting destination and we look forward to sharing Chicago’s story with the Canadian market.”

Chicago is already a destination of choice for many Canadians. Statistics indicate that nearly 452,000 Canadians visited Chicago in 2010, resulting in a 14.3 percent increase from 2009.

As Chicago continues to prioritize the Canadian market, the bureau will work with ConnectWorldwide Canada to inform the country about Chicago’s unique and remarkable offerings.

“The decision to partner with ConnectWorldwide is crucial to our overall communications and tourism marketing plan to increase domestic and international visitation,” said Warren R. Wilkinson, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications for the CCTB. “We see significant growth potential from the Canadian market as a result of Chicago’s accessibility – less than one day’s drive and 40 non-stop daily flights from Toronto.

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