Tourism

Visitors Arriving in Northwoods
4:27 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Tourist Season Off to Solid Start

Now that Memorial Day weekend is behind us, many businesses are reporting a strong start to the summer tourism season. 

Minocqua Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Baltus says business seems to have been higher than usual for the holiday weekend. 

 “It was definitely up for the businesses that I spoke to.  I talked to a couple of different restaurants that said it was their largest Saturday on Memorial Weekend that they’ve ever had.  Typically Memorial Day is not the best weekend – but we certainly proved that wrong.” 

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Keeping an Invasive Out
6:49 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Officials Warn Travelers Of EAB Risk

Emerald ash borers have been found in 20 Wisconsin counties.
Credit USDA

State agriculture officials want travelers to remember the risk of spreading emerald ash borer through firewood.  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. 

Spokesperson Donna Gilson says the beetles can travel a mile or two on their own.  But humans have helped them spread much farther. 

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Exposure in the Midwest
1:00 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Milwaukee Public TV Program to Focus on Rhinelander

Rhinelander is set to have its moment in the spotlight on Milwaukee Public Television.

The city has been selected for an episode of the show Around The Corner, hosted by John McGivern.  It’s a weekly half hour segment on public tv that focuses on living and working in different communities around Wisconsin. 

Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Director Dana DeMet says he hopes it will attract attention for the Rhinelander area.

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Winter visitors key
5:10 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Grants To Rhinelander Non-Profits Promote Tourism

Lara Reed
Credit starjournalnow.com

The Rhinelander Tourism Marketing Committee has awarded 13 area non-profits grants to promote winter activities coming up.

Chamber of Commerce Director Lara Reed says the committee awards grants twice a year.....

 

"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..."

She says the state requires room tax money collected from visitors be used to attract other visitors...

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Funding restored
3:28 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Tourism Spending Makes Money: Reed

Lara Reed
Credit With permission starjournalnow.com

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..."

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Annual Festival
4:40 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Gearing up for Cranberry Onslaught

The festival expects to sell some 10,000 pounds of fresh cranberries.
Credit Pen Waggener

In spite of a rainy forecast, Eagle River is bracing for some 40,000 visitors to Cranberry Fest. 

Organizer Kim Emerson is busy setting up for the weekend festival. 

“Some of the preparations we’re working on is getting all the big tents set up, we’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.”

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Forty Years of Rustic Roads
2:00 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Celebrating Roads Less Traveled

It's Rustic Roads week in Wisconsin.
Credit Randen Pederson

As fall color enters its prime, it’s Rustic Roads week. Since 1973 the state Department of Transportation given the designation to over a hundred lightly traveled roads in Wisconsin.

Rustic Roads Coordinator Jane Carrola says the program was a unique idea when it began.

"I like to refer to the Rustic Roads program as a 'Wisconsin original,'" she says. "It was a very innovative idea in 1973 and Wisconsin was one of the first states to have such a program.”

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Anything for Fall Color
6:26 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Tourism Dept.: Falling for Fall in Wisconsin

State tourism officials are harnessing some star power for a new fall tourism campaign.  A 90-second television ad released last week features football star Jordy Nelson, and is directed by Jerry Zucker, producer of the movie Airplane.  Danielle Johnson from the state Department of Tourism says the ad tells viewers, ‘there’s no place like fall in Wisconsin.’

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Business & Industry
3:02 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Country Fest Wields Economic Clout

The Hodag Country Festival begins Thursday.
Credit Matt Clark

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.”

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A Good Name Goes A Long Way
12:01 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Phelps "Phestival" Earns JEM Grant

The town of Phelps will be host to a new event this summer.
Credit Bill Wilkinson / WXPR News

The state Department of Tourism is lending a hand to a local event this summer.  

The Joint Effort Marketing program has awarded more than two thousand dollars to the Phelps Phly in and Pholk Music Phestival. 

Event organizer Bill Wilkinson is a contributor to WXPR News.  He spoke with Sarah Klavas from the Department of Tourism.  Klavas explains that grant readers are always looking for things that set a grant apart…and in this case it was the unusual spelling of the title of the Pholk Phestival…which does not use any “F”s: 

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