By Tim Kowols
Credit a successful Wisconsin Farm Technology Days and the implementation of a half-percent sales tax for boosting Kewaunee County’s direct visitor spending growth in 2017. Only Florence County in northern Wisconsin boasted a higher percentage increase than Kewaunee County, which went up 13.41 percent or $2.4 million over 2016 totals. Tourism Coordinator Jennifer Schneider is hopeful their “stay and play” emphasis during the three-day show that attracted 27,000 people to the area last July pays dividends in the future.
Schneider says improving some of its parks facilities in 2018 could help Kewaunee County carry its positive momentum. The state released its tourism figures on Friday, which also showed Door County’s direct visitor spending increased by just over three percent over 2016, accounting for more than $11 million dollars.