- Many businesses in the northwoods rely on money from visitors.
Last year, tourists spent nearly $12 billion in Wisconsin.
That's according to a report the state Department of Tourism released today.
It found tourism spending went up about $500 million from 2014.
Last year marked the sixth straight year of increasing spending.
Visitor spending last year generated $19.3 billion in total sales as travelers' money moved through the state economy.
The spending generated $1.5 billion in state and local taxes.
The third quarter of 2015 saw the most spending.
|Story By: Associated Press