For 1st time Chicago hosts more than 50 million visitors during 2014

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CHICAGO — Chicago officials say for the first time the city had more than 50 million visitors in 2014.

City officials made the announcement Thursday, saying Chicago hosted about 50.2 million visitors last year. That's a 3.5 percent increase over 2013.

Statistics show tourism is responsible for $14.7 billion in visitor spending in Chicago and $871 million in tax revenue. The numbers come after Mayor Rahm Emanuel set a goal of Chicago attracting 55 million visitors annually by 2020.

City officials say domestic travel accounted for most of the travel increases. Chicago had about 48.6 million U.S. visitors last year, 3.6 percent above 2013 numbers. However, they say international visitors continue to increase, too.

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