Tourism en Tourist Season Off to Solid Start <p>Now that Memorial Day weekend is behind us, many businesses are reporting a strong start to the summer tourism season.&nbsp;</p><p>Minocqua Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Baltus says business seems to have been higher than usual for the holiday weekend.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 21:27:54 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 19034 at Officials Warn Travelers Of EAB Risk <p>State agriculture officials want travelers to remember the risk of spreading emerald ash borer through firewood.&nbsp; Just in time for the start of the summer tourism season, the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has declared it Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week.&nbsp;</p><p>Spokesperson Donna Gilson says the beetles can travel a mile or two on their own.&nbsp; But humans have helped them spread much farther.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 23:49:38 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 18555 at Officials Warn Travelers Of EAB Risk Milwaukee Public TV Program to Focus on Rhinelander <p>Rhinelander<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is set to have its moment in the spotlight on Milwaukee Public Television.</span></p><p>The city has been selected for an episode of the show Around The Corner, hosted by John McGivern.&nbsp; It’s a weekly half hour segment on public tv that focuses on living and working in different communities around Wisconsin.&nbsp;</p><p>Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Director Dana DeMet says he hopes it will attract attention for the Rhinelander area.</p> Sun, 11 May 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 18134 at Grants To Rhinelander Non-Profits Promote Tourism <p>The Rhinelander Tourism Marketing Committee has awarded 13 area non-profits grants to promote winter activities coming up.</p><p>Chamber of Commerce Director Lara Reed says the committee awards grants twice a year.....</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p><blockquote><p><i><u>"anybody in the Rhinelader community who is a non-profit organization who works to either host an event or has a program to draw in visitors and tourists is eligible to submit a grant application..."</u></i></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:10:42 +0000 Ken Krall 11642 at Grants To Rhinelander Non-Profits Promote Tourism Tourism Spending Makes Money: Reed <p>As the Oneida County Board recently wrestled to balance its 2014 budget, a proposed cut would have struck $10,000 from the county tourism council's budget.</p><p>Rhinelander Chamber Director Lara Reed said cutting the promotional budget for tourism could hurt the local economy as tourism revenue generates tax base...</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p><blockquote><p><i><u>" in Oneida county spent $185 million dollars(this year)...that's $5,193 dollars for every man, woman and child in the county. Traveler spending supports 2,070 full-time equivalent jobs..."</u></i></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:28:26 +0000 Ken Krall 11009 at Tourism Spending Makes Money: Reed Gearing up for Cranberry Onslaught <p>In spite of a rainy forecast, Eagle River is bracing for some 40,000 visitors to Cranberry Fest.&nbsp;</p><p>Organizer Kim Emerson is busy setting up for the weekend festival.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Some of the preparations we&rsquo;re working on is getting all the big tents set up, we&rsquo;ve got to get all the crafter booths set up so all the vendors know where their spot is, get the fresh cranberries and craisins set up.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 21:40:33 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 8890 at Gearing up for Cranberry Onslaught Celebrating Roads Less Traveled <p>As fall color enters its prime, it&rsquo;s Rustic Roads week. Since 1973 the state Department of Transportation given the designation to over a hundred lightly traveled roads in Wisconsin.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:00:02 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 8670 at Celebrating Roads Less Traveled Tourism Dept.: Falling for Fall in Wisconsin <p>State tourism officials are harnessing some star power for a new fall tourism campaign.&nbsp; A 90-second <a href="" target="_blank">television ad</a> released last week features football star Jordy Nelson, and is directed by Jerry Zucker, producer of the movie Airplane.&nbsp; Danielle Johnson from the state Department of Tourism says the ad tells viewers, ‘there’s no place like fall in Wisconsin.’</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 23:26:43 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 6273 at Country Fest Wields Economic Clout <p>Rhinelander is about to get hit with a wave of country music fans, during the area’s biggest tourism event.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The four-day Hodag Country Festival begins Thursday, and tens of thousands of people are expected to attend.&nbsp; Director of the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce Lara Reed says the economic impact on the region is huge.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 20:02:16 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 4734 at Country Fest Wields Economic Clout Phelps "Phestival" Earns JEM Grant <p>The state Department of Tourism is lending a hand to a local event this summer. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Joint Effort Marketing program has awarded more than two thousand dollars to the Phelps </span>Phly<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in and </span>Pholk<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Music </span>Phestival<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 17:01:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski & Bill Wilkinson 4470 at Phelps "Phestival" Earns JEM Grant