Report: Tourism spending up in Wisconsin

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Tourists are spending more money in Wisconsin.

A new report shows spending was up almost two percent statewide last year. In La Crosse county, it’s up almost

The increase is supporting jobs in the state, about 5,500 statewide.

The La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau says the economy has a lot to do with it.

“I think there’s a little more optimism in people’s minds as far as the economy right now,” says visitors bureau
Executive Director Dave Clements. “Unemployment is high, but it’s starting to creep down. I think all of those things
factor in to people’s decisions to travel.”

Despite increased spending, Clements says he is worried that high gas prices might affect tourism this summer.