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Northwoods community hopes to draw more tourists with new websiteSubmitted: 05/22/2015
EAGLE RIVER - One popular Northwoods tourist destination wants to make it easier for visitors to find information about all the attractions the community offers.

The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center unveiled a new website design recently.

Chamber leaders wanted to make it more convenient for visitors who are already in the area, to find something to do.

"We needed a new, fresh look, and you know what? If you are not mobile-friendly today via your website, you're not going to get people who are going to access your information," said Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center executive director Kim Emerson.


Emerson says one of the other goals was to make it easier for visitors to navigate the website.

"You can click on the month that you want and see all the things that are happening. You can actually go to - for instance, you bring up one of our chamber members, and if they have events planned, you can also see all of the events that are happening at their facilities," Emerson added.

The chamber isn't completely done updating the new website. It's still looking for feedback.

You can find a link to the website below.

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Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center website

Story By: Lauren Stephenson

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