It’s no surprise that tourism spending is a big deal in Wisconsin’s Event City, but a close look at the dollars can still be pretty eye-opening. According to the most recent research commissioned by the state Department of Tourism, direct spending by visitors totaled more than $219 million in 2013. This represented a 5.6 percent increase over the year before and the 10th-largest amount of Wisconsin Counties. According to the report, business sales totaled $412 million, a 4.6 percent increase. Tourism spending supported more than 4,700 jobs, a 2.5 percent increase over the prior year. Labor income totaled $116 million, a 6.3 percent increase.

This spending benefits everyone in the Oshkosh area, as visitors generate $28.7 million in state and local taxes during their visits.

New figures will be released in coming months that will likely show an even larger spending boost in 2014.

There’s real value to our ongoing cooperative promotional efforts in Oshkosh. This important work helps bring visitors into the area so they can enjoy everything great we have to offer. Thank you for your hard work as a tourism partner. Together we can ensure that tourism and visitor spending continues to grow and prosper in Oshkosh. Planning an event? Be sure to list it in the calendar. You can submit your event here.

We’ll help you make your event a success, however we can. Please free to contact us anytime. We would love to hear from you. Contact us at (920) 303-9200 or pay us a visit at the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau Downtown Visitor Center, 100 North Main Street, Suite #112.