Langlade County saw the greatest improvement in their tourism business in 2010 compared to other listening area counties.
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism released the figures regarding last year's tourism industry last week. Statewide, over $12.3-billion was spent by people from in-state and out of state on tourist attractions and businesses associated with the industry. That is up $211-million from 2009, or a 1.75-percent increase.
The increase was expected due to the slowly improving economy over the past year, which was evident when tourism dollars was greater than 2009 figures over the latter half of the year.
As for the eight-county listening area, Langlade and Menominee County were the only two counties that saw money spent on tourism increase in 2010. Langlade County was up just under $3-million, or 7.2-percent, while Menominee saw an increase of around $512,000, or 4.4-percent.
The other six counties saw a slight decrease ranging from 0.03 to 1.55-percent.
Tourism played a big factor when it comes to employment and money going towards incomes and revenues for state and local governments. All of these factors grew between 1.5 and 1.94-percent in 2010 statewide.
by Rusty Mehlberg
TOURISM DOLLARS SPENT IN EACH COUNTY IN 2010 COMPARED TO 2009
-Forest: $44,782,432, down $357,908 or 0.79-percent
-Langlade: $43,624,744, up $2,929,446 or 7.2-percent
-Lincoln: $56,238,744, down $24,969 or 0.03-percent
-Marathon: $247,593,607, down $3,062,780 or 1.22-percent
-Menominee: $12,148,235, up $512,093 or 4.4-percent
-Oconto: $65,322,203, down $1,025,167 or 1.55-percent
-Oneida: $202,029,906, down $2,994,832 or 1.46-percent
-Shawano: $79,373,477, down $793,412 or 0.99-percent