According to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Door County saw a 6.5% increase in the number of visitors last year and is ranked seventh in the state when it comes to visitor spending.
Governor Scott Walker and state Secretary of Tourism Stephanie Klett shared those numbers and many more Friday morning as they kicked off National Travel and Tourism Week at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay.
Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham, Door County Board Chair Dan Austad, Wisconsin Secretary of Tourism Stephanie Klett, Governor Scott Walker, Door County Maritime Museum Executive Director Bob Desh and Wisconsin Deputy Secretary of Tourism Dave Fantle take some time to explore the Tug John Purves after discussing tourism in Door County and across the state Friday morning at the Door County Maritime Museum. Visitors spent $289 million in Door County last year, up 6.6% from 2011.
Walker says Door County is a pacesetter in the tourism industry and Klett attributes that to the peninsula's natural resources.
Walker adds that Wisconsinites know how to have fun.
Klett has visited Door County at least 20 times and says her favorite place to spend time is at Peninsula State Park.
Across the state tourism numbers were up as well last year. Tourism had a $16.8 billion impact on the economy and generated $1.3 billion in state and local taxes.