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Ferry ridership down in 2022 as things drift towards normal

Much like occupancy rates across the county, so too was ridership on the Washington Island Ferry. Official numbers have not been released, Washington Island Ferry President Hoyt Purinton said ridership was likely down for the year. While citing high gas prices, a cool spring, and a wet fall as reasons why not as many people rode on the ferry this year, Purinton said 2021 was just an exceptional year due to the pent-up demand to travel after COVID-19 restrictions kept most people at home.

Lodging establishments also saw fewer people stay with them this year. According to data from the Door County Tourism Zone for January through October, the occupancy rate was higher in 2021 in all but three months compared to 2022. Occupancy was higher in 2022 during January and February and even in August. Compared to 2019, the year prior to the pandemic, 2022's occupancy was higher every month from January through October. 

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