Fox Cities' visitors spent more in 2010

Posted on May 2, 2011 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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Visitor spending in the Fox Cities increased 1.2 percent to more than $363.5 million in 2010.

A study estimates that this direct spending created 5,613 jobs and $101.93 million in income for Fox Cities residents. The visitor spending figures are from a statewide economic impact study conducted by Davidson-Peterson Associates of Maine.

"We’re optimistic that tourism will continue as a good source of economic development for the Fox Cities in 2011," says Lynn Peters, executive director of the Bureau. "This summer we’re pleased to welcome back the Badger State Summer Games and the U.S. Youth Region II Soccer Championships. These events should bring more that $1 million in visitor spending this June."

A study released by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism this week shows that the state’s tourism industry is showing signs of turning the corner after the recession that has gripped the nation. Traveler spending in the state during 2010 increased 1.8 percent over 2009 according a survey conducted by Davidson-Peterson Associates. During the worst of the recession, traveler spending fell nearly 8 percent.

Statewide, traveler spending supported 291,964 full-time equivalent jobs and nearly $2 billion in taxes and other fees to state and local governments.