Walworth County visitor spending increased $22 million from 2012 to 2013

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Gazette staff
Thursday, May 29, 2014

DELAVAN—Walworth County had a $22 million increase in visitor spending from 2012 to 2013, according a Walworth County Visitors Bureau news release.

Tourism Economics and Longwoods International, two independent research firms, calculated the 5 percent increase for the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, the release states.

Walworth County ranks sixth in the state for visitor spending. Ahead of it are Milwaukee, Dane, Sauk, Waukesha and Brown counties.

"We are so pleased with the report from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism on the increase in spending," Kathy Seeberg, executive director of Walworth County Visitors Bureau, said in the release.

Visitor spending on recreation and entertainment grew 6.3 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to the release. Spending on lodging grew 4.6 percent, spending on food and beverage grew 6.2 percent, and hotel room demand grew 2.7 percent in that time frame.

The county's tourism industry created 6,743 jobs, which was 2.7 percent more than 2012 and .93 percent more than the statewide average, the release states.

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