As hundreds of thousands of people make their way
across the country this Memorial Day weekend...
Many are making La Crosse their final destination...
Pumping millions into the local economy.
News 8's Keely Arthur takes a closer look at our area's
booming tourism industry.
Even on a rainy day visitors are pouring in to get
a ride on the La Cross queen cruise.
Kathy Jostad has been with the company for decades
now...she says there is a lot to see on this old timey
They enjoy the river, they like going through the
old fashion swing bring, and everybody likes going
through the lock and damn system.
Those sites bring in people by the thousands.
In a typical season we will bring in approximately
thirty thousand people.
It's just beautiful out there.
The La Crosse queen is just one piece of the tourism
puzzle...brining in countless people every year.
You've got more trails in Hixon Forest now, always
the festivals river fest, Irish fest.
He says rain or shine, the scenic beauty of La Crosse
is what truly attracts people.
We just had five German tour operators here a couple
of weeks ago and one of them said I've been to New
York I've been to L.A., I've been to Las Vegas, but
this is what I envisioned America to be like.
And you can see that American beauty up high on the
bluffs or on the water with the help of the La Crosse
NAT- of water.
And while the view is the main reason this business
has stayed afloat for a little less 40 years.
Jostad says the true key to their sucess is simple.
Fair prices and a good product.
If you'd like to learn more about things to do and
places to stay in La Crosse
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