Local merchants are working to have customer dollars stay locally instead of going out of town via the internet or buying in another community.
That's the thrust of a Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce promotion called "Chamber Bucks". Director Lara Reed says customers come to the Chamber to buy what amounts to a gift certificate there and then can redeem the Chamber Bucks at any participating chamber businesses...
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.
Rhinelander Chamber Director Lara Reed said cutting the promotional budget for tourism could hurt the local economy as tourism revenue generates tax base...
"....travelers 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..."
Rhinelander is about to get hit with a wave of country music fans, during the area’s biggest tourism event.
The four-day Hodag Country Festival begins Thursday, and tens of thousands of people are expected to attend. Director of the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce Lara Reed says the economic impact on the region is huge.
“We say for every visitor that spends the night in our community, it’s $180 a day. So if we say there’s 20,000 people for Hodag Country Fest, it’s a $3.6 million impact a day for the duration of the festival.”