By Tim Kowols
It has been quite the rise for Wisconsin tourism over the last six years under the direction of Stephanie Klett. Since Klett took over the post of state tourism secretary, the travel industry has increased 30 percent to $19.3 billion in total expenditures. Tourism-related businesses have paid $1.5 billion in local and state taxes while employing over 190,000 Wisconsinites. Klett says the transition was easy after visiting nearly every chamber of commerce in the state as Miss Wisconsin and the long-running host of Discover Wisconsin.
Jon Jarosh from the Door County Visitors Bureau says Klett’s enthusiasm and commitment to her job make his duties a lot easier.
Klett and Jarosh recently guest hosted an episode of Discover Wisconsin showcasing Washington Island and Rock Island. You can watch the episode along with other Door County-related features online at DiscoverWisconsin.com.