Oktoberfest is less than two weeks away.
And with that.
comes thousands of tourists to the La Crosse region.
News eight's Eric Jacobson looks at how four new downtown
hotels will impact next weekend's festivities.
A study conducted by UW-Whitewater back in 20-14.
found that Oktoberfest generates around 15 million
dollars of economic activity for the area.
And despite four new hotels in downtown La Crosse
nearly booked full already.
hotels in places like Onalaska still remain busy.
And officials say it's a testiment to the growth of
You can't possibly get closer without sleeping on
With the hotel literally steps away from the southside
the Hampton Inn in downtown La Crosse is expecting
plenty of festers next weekend.
We opened in December, the end of December, and actually
in January, I was getting phone calls pretty much
booking most rooms then.
With the hotel nearly full next week.
they say the four new hotels will have a big impact
Anything from restaruants, bars, to the hotels, any
retail at all is going to benefit.
Places outside of downtown are seeing a boom next
weekend as well.
Despite those new hotels.
places like the Baymont Inn and Suites in Onalaska
is also nearly full.
This is actually the same as it has been in previous
Edit Normally its usually Friday there's a few more
rooms than there are on Saturday, which is completely
normal, but we're sitting pretty much where we have
been in previous years.
It's a trend officials with the La Crosse Area Convention
and Visitors bureau are noticing across the board.
As we check and take a look online and how we're doing,
indicate that they are very full, in the 95 percent
According to the study by UW-Whitewater.
Oktoberfest generates 15 million dollars in economic
Officials say that number continues to grow.
with the help of the community.
One of the strongest assets we have to making our
area better, and the passion they have for promoting
the area, and the love they have for living here.
According to that study.
at least 70 zip codes have been respresented at Oktoberfest
in previous years.
tourists typically start booking their hotel rooms
for the fest pretty early.
?What are local hotels doing to help people beat the
rush for next year?
The Hampton Inn says those who stay with them next
will have the opportunity to book for next year's