Tourism department optimistic about summer travel in Wisconsin
STOUGHTON, Wis. (WMTV) – Wisconsin’s natural resources and hospitality may continue to attract more tourists this summer.
“Friendly people and good fishing. What more could you ask for, right? says Irma Arellano.
She and her fiancé Bruce Kayser traveled to Lake Kegonsa State Park in Stoughton for a relaxing day of fishing.
They both agreed to spend the summer traveling in Wisconsin rather than driving far.
“Wisconsin has the friendliest people,” Kayser said. “I was out in the St. Louis area and there’s no comparison.”
Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary-designate Anne Sayers said people are expending more energy choosing affordable vacation spots, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s been a tough two years, but the good news is that since the pandemic began, Wisconsin’s tourism and recovery has actually exceeded the national average every month for two years,” Sayers said. “It’s been 24 consecutive months where we’ve had better growth than the rest of the country in this sector. So it’s really good to see.
“We knew people would come back with the intention of spending those vacation days,” Sayers said. “It’s just a matter of location. So our job here at Travel Wisconsin is to make sure they choose Wisconsin.
Sayers is optimistic about the tourism industry as summer 2022 arrives.
She said Travel Wisconsin invested time and money to promote the state’s lakes, watersports and hiking to convince people in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois to travel here. .
“The idea is to encourage our neighbors to come and go,” Sayers said. “And to our residents, to continue to explore Wisconsin. There is always more to do.
John Wynter and his partner Shirley Ye visited Lake Kegonsa for Memorial Day weekend.
“It’s quieter and cheaper,” Wynter said. “It’s an Illinois getaway. It’s nicer I think. »
Water recreation and hiking trails drew him to Wisconsin.
“I think you definitely have more areas like this than in Illinois,” he said.
Arellano and Kayser said there are almost too many options for summer activities in Wisconsin.
“There are so many lakes to choose from,” they said. “It’s hard to choose!”
After their June 8 wedding, Arellano and Kayser plan to visit all 15,000 lakes in the Badger State.
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