Chambers Report Tourists Came North In Spite Of Cold

Jan 3, 2018

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The very cold temperatures apparently are not deterring visitors from coming north to enjoy winter recreation.

Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Director Theresa Smith says they've had a good number of visitors over the holidays...

"....despite the frigid temperatures there has been people up enjoying the outdoor activities. We've seen a lot of snowmobilers between Christmas and New Year's. Our lodging facilities, specifically the motels we're all full last weekend. This coming weekend they're looking to be sold out as well so we're really happy with that....."

Director Krystal Westphal from the Minocqua Chamber says they've also had good numbers. She says having the trails open and a decent amount of snow has helped...

"....the cold has not slowed anybody down from coming here. We've seen tons of trailered snowmobiles coming up this way. A lot of people vacationing. When people start making their travel plans they're not thinking so much what the weather is going to be like. They want to be where it has been snowing and they want to do their outdoor activities...."

Sarah Flashing from the Three Lakes Chamber says she had snowmobiles buzzing by her office...

"...there's kind of been an exciting increase in the number of people around(Three Lakes) between Christmas and New Year's. I had many visitors in our chamber office checking out what was good locally, people buzzing by on snowmobiles. A number of calls from people looking to come to the area and enjoy the great outdoors in the winter...."

State tourism officials report 1 in every 12 jobs in Wisconsin is tourism related.