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County sees $2 million increase in traveler spending in 2012

10:39 PM, May 3, 2013
The Green Circle Trail, circles Stevens Point, is a popular spot for tourists and residents. It is one of many attractions in the area that local tourism officials say helped boost spending in area tourism in 2012.
The Green Circle Trail, circles Stevens Point, is a popular spot for tourists and residents. It is one of many attractions in the area that local tourism officials say helped boost spending in area tourism in 2012.
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Travelers spent more than $100 million in Portage County in 2012, according to figures released Friday by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

Travel expenditures reached $100.3 million in Portage County in 2012, an increase of $2 million - or just about 2 percent - over the $98.3 million spent in 2011. Tourism also generated $13.7 million in state and local taxes, and $8.7 million in federal taxes in 2012, up slightly from the previous year.

"We're happy that travelers are continuing to visit Portage County and take advantage of the events and attractions we have here," said Sara Brish, ...

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