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Tourism Draws Millions For State, 4 County Area
For the millions of travelers visiting Wisconsin, its all about the fun and memories, but for the states taxpayers and residents, its all about the jobs and tax revenue those travelers support. In 2012, a 5 percent growth in the tourism economy translated to an increase in tourism-related employment and personal income, according to just released economic impact figures from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.
In 2012 Marinette County visitors spent $134.2 million, up $10.6 million over 2011. It helped support 1,608 jobs for total labor income of $29.7 million. Tourism also generated $14.1 million in state and local taxes.
Tourism in Oconto County saw visitors spend $71.9 million, supported 828 jobs with a payroll of $14.2 million and generated $7.3 million in state and local taxes.
Florence County totals for 2012 were spending $4.5 million, supported 93 jobs for a payroll of $1.5 million and generated $600,000 in state and local taxes.
Forest County totals were spending $11.5 million supporting 207 jobs for a payroll of $2.6 million and generating $1.5 million in state and local taxes.
State-wide totals for 2012 were $16.8 billion compared to $16 billion in 2011. It supported 184,000 jobs and $4.5 billion in personal income. Generated was $1.3 billion in state taxes and local revenue and $977 million in federal taxes.
The travel and hospitality industry continues to be a strong performing sector for Wisconsins economy, said Gov. Scott Walker. Investing in tourism promotion and marketing at the national, state, and local level is an effective way to attract visitors and keep the economy growing.
The past two years have seen outstanding growth for Wisconsins tourism industry, said Secretary Stephanie Klett. The increased investment in tourism marketing, our effective fun campaign, and our industry- wide collaborations have pumped $2 billion into the states economy since the beginning of 2011.