SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WHBL) - Wisconsin’s tourism economy grew by 7-point-6 percent last year. A study conducted for the Wisconsin Department of Tourism shows visitors generated a total of 16 billion dollars in total business sales, up from 14-point-8 billion the year before. More than 95 million people visited the state, supporting 181 thousand jobs. Hotels, motels and lodges report volume was up 18 percent when compared to 2009. Spending by visitors jumped by more than 20 percent in three counties – Columbia, Fond du Lac and Monroe. Visitors to Wisconsin in 2011 generated more than 1-point-3 billion dollars in state and local revenue.
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