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Tourist Spending Increased in 2012 for Oneida CountySubmitted: 05/03/2013
Story By Kailey Burton


ONEIDA COUNTY - This year it seems like tourists may NEVER come if this weather keeps up, but last year in Oneida County tourism was up.

Visitors spent 5.56% more than they did the year before. That's an extra $10 million for a total of $186 million.

Popular events consistently bring in visitors, but THIS much of an increase could mean the economy is getting better, and teamwork in advertising is paying off.

"The prices are rising, maybe less flights, people aren't flying as much. Because we're a 'drive-to' destination in Wisconsin, that boosts our overall toursim. And when you think of visiting Wisconsin, a lot of people think of the Northwoods so we hope to capture some of that," said Lara Reed, with the Oneida County Tourism Council.

Tourist dollars helped support more than 1,500 jobs in Oneida County in 2012. One of the biggest events is Hodag Country Festival. That draws in an average of $3 million PER DAY.


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The business started in Hartford, Wisconsin in the mid 2000s. Then it relocated a few years later to St. Germain.

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- A change in the prison system means that Oneida County will make roughly an extra million-dollars a year. Tonight we'll tell you about the change and why it will provide more money for the county.

- Plus, Lincoln County will need to fill a vacancy soon at the district attorney's office.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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