City tourism chief warns of crime risks

July 11, 2012 8:57:01 PM PDT
Chicago's convention and tourism chief made controversial remarks during a meeting with the Chicago Tribune's editorial board.

Don Welsh, CEO of Choose Chicago, said the city's efforts to reinvigorate its convention and tourism industries could be damaged unless the city quickly defuses the violent crime wave that has reached the downtown area.

Welsh explained that mob attacks in the Michigan Avenue corridor and the high number of deadly shootings in some neighborhoods are sparking calls to Choose Chicago, which runs the city's convention bureau and office of tourism.

However, Welsh's office tells ABC7 that his remarks were taken out of context.

He pointed out that no one has canceled any meetings in Chicago.

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