Tourist Season Off to Solid Start

May 29, 2014

Now that Memorial Day weekend is behind us, many businesses are reporting a strong start to the summer tourism season. 

Minocqua Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Baltus says business seems to have been higher than usual for the holiday weekend. 

 “It was definitely up for the businesses that I spoke to.  I talked to a couple of different restaurants that said it was their largest Saturday on Memorial Weekend that they’ve ever had.  Typically Memorial Day is not the best weekend – but we certainly proved that wrong.” 

Baltus says the sunshine was a big part of the high turnout...though the warm weather did usher in early complaints of mosquitoes.    

 “To get a stretch like that, after the winter we’ve had, it was just what people are looking for.  Although the water temps are still pretty chilly, people have done a lot of boating over the weekend, our restaurants and stores were very busy, and I think people really enjoyed being able to get outside.” 

Construction in the Minocqua Woodruff area is ongoing and may have slowed traffic somewhat, but Baltus says people seemed to stay relaxed.  That construction is scheduled to be completed in August.