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The Power Of Tourism In The Northwoods

Posted: May 8, 2018

Hayward is well known for its attractions and amazing vacations and has become one of the most popular places to see in Wisconsin. Tourism plays a vital role in our local economy. Here are a few highlights from last year.
 
$20.6 Billion - The impact of tourism on the state's economy, up $631 million or 3.2% from 2016. Total business sales in our county reached $122.2 million in 2017, 3.95% increase.
 
$5.8 Billion - The total seven-year growth of tourism activity, a nearly 40% increase from $14.8 billion.
 
110 Million - The number of visits to Wisconsin from travelers in 2017, a seven-year increase of 17.5 million visits.
 
$660 - The amount each household would have to pay in taxes without the revenue generated by visitor spending. Our county receives $ 10.5 million in state and local taxes as the result of traveler spending.
 
$ 1.5 Billion - The amount of state and local taxes generated directly and indirectly by tourism. In addition, another $1.2 billion was added to federal tax revenue as a result of tourism activity in Wisconsin.