Chicago hotels record near-record occupancy

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Entertainment,Travel

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago hotels continue to enjoy near-record occupancy, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel says it's a positive sign tourism is up in the nation's third-largest city.

Emanuel and the tourism office Choose Chicago announced Thursday hotels reported 81.2 percent occupancy in May. That's an 8.5 percent increase over May 2012.

The city also hit near-record tourism rates in 2012, with more than 46.2 million visitors.

Emanuel says the numbers show the city's strategic marketing approach is working. He says he's looking forward to more visitors coming to Chicago and that it's "going to be a wonderful summer."

The mayor has set a goal of attracting 50 million visitors to Chicago by 2020. That would be an increase of almost 11 million over 2010.

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