About Us

Our Mission

We promote a welcoming destination experience for visitors to strengthen economic opportunity and enhance the lives of residents.

OUR VISION

Visit Champaign County will be a connected and collaborative leader in promoting the region as an extraordinary destination to visit, work, and live.

DESTINATION VISION

The greater Champaign County area will provide energetic and innovative experiences, attracting visitors and potential residents from around the world.


Established in 1982, Visit Champaign County is the official tourism destination marketing and management organization for Champaign County. Located at 17 E. Taylor St., a pedestrian walkway, you'll find us in between the Blind Pig Brewery and Farren's Pub. You can access our space through Taylor St., just North of Farren's Pub, or utilizing street parking on Neil or Walnut.

Whether you're in town for a quick bite, a big shopping trip and week of business, our Welcome Center is the perfect spot to pick up information on Champaign County's best spots. You'll find informational brochures, reading materials and personalized concierge service from our friendly and knowledgeable staff. So, stop in and say "hi" on your next visit!

Office hours are 8:30 am - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

About Our Directory

Visit Champaign County provides directory listings to all tourism-related businesses including bars & restaurants, shops, museums, markets, attractions, hotels, bed & breakfasts, parks, recreation, art, music and entertainment venues, in addition to listings related to the event industry including venues, facilities, florists, photographers, DJs, audio-visual, and caterers. All listings are complimentary and include a description, a photo, and pertinent contact information.

 

The listings are updated and verified regularly but it is recommended that guests make direct contact with the business for any potential business changes. Visit Champaign County assumes no liability for outdated information.

 

Visit Champaign County staff receives information directly from businesses in addition to actively researching new businesses through various media outlets, search engines, social media channels, and local business organizations. As a publicly-funded organization, we do not evaluate or editorialize any of the listings on our website.

 

Staff

JAYNE DELUCE

President & CEO

Fun Fact: Jayne spends any free time experiencing plays and concerts at the Virginia Theatre, State Farm Center and Krannert Center!

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TERRI REIFSTECK
Vice President of Marketing & Community Engagement

Fun Fact: With no artistic talent herself, Terri instead supports our local art community by owning over 30 pieces from our local artists and will happily help you decorate with your own pieces.

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CAITLYN Floyd
Director of Sales & International Travel

Fun Fact: Caitlyn loves the diversity of programing in our community so she can go out and enjoy it all—from Pride Fest, Friday Night Live, Illini games, Ebertfest, Parade of Lights, Matsuri, Arthur Cheese Festival and so much more!

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Mike Koon
Director of Sports, Special Event, Film

Fun Fact: Mike is also the public address announcer for Illini softball and volleyball, and radio play-by-play voice for Illini women’s basketball.

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Community Development Manager, Tim Oravec
Tim Oravec
Community Development Manager

Fun Fact: When out of the office, you might find Tim exploring hiking trails, trying new restaurants, or curling up at home with a book.

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Communications Manager, Marcus Flinn

MARCUS FLINN
Communications Manager

Fun Fact: You can catch Marcus with his camera and tripod at one of our many local parks and forest preserves. His favorite place to take portraits is the Sipyard in Urbana!

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BROOKE MAYER
Director of Administrative Services

Fun Fact: Brooke bleeds Orange & Blue and attends every home Illini Basketball Game, guaranteeing a win every time.

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Visitor Experience Coordinator, Estella Samii
Estella Samii
Visitor Experience Coordinator 

Fun Fact: Estella has been active in the theatre community from a young age and enjoys frequent trips to the library, baking, and swimming. 

 

Board OF DIRECTORS

BRYAN SNODGRASS
Chair - Busey

ANNIE EASTERDAY
Vice Chair - Pear Tree Estate

ROB KOWALSKI
Treasurer - City of Champaign

JAYNE DELUCE
Secretary (Ex-officio) - Visit Champaign County

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LAURA WEISSKOPF BLEILL
Past Chair - University of Illinois Research Park

BRIDGET BROIHAHN
City of Urbana

NATHAN ESCUE
Hamilton Walker’s

BOB FLIDER
University of Illinois
SHAYLA MAATUKA
Maatuka, Al-Heeti, Emkes LLC
Michael McDonald
Wood N' Hog Barbecue
CALEB MILLER 
Carle
JACOB PAUL
Champaign County Board
VANNA PIANFETTI
Champaign City Council

SAM SANTHANAM
I Hotel & Conference Center
Katie Simpson
Village of Savoy

CHARLES SMITH
Village of Rantoul

 

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