Alexander and Haataja Win SBBT

The team of Brett Alexander and Eric Haataja won the 4th annual Sturgeon Bay Bass Tournament at Sawyer Park on Saturday. The winning team had the lead after day one with 32.76 pounds, which included big bass for the tournament at 7.71 pounds. Saturday proved to be difficult for the winning team, but Alexander says that they added a couple of fish in the last … Continue reading

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Visitor Spending Up Over $8 Million in Door County

Visitors continue to show their fascination with Door County by their spending on an annual basis. That spending helped the county maintain its 7th place tourism ranking among the state’s 72 counties. According to Jon Jarosh of the Door County Visitor Bureau, visitor spending reached $366.6 million in 2018, an increase of $8.1 million… Jarosh says tourism plays a key role in the economic health … Continue reading

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Algoma Chamber Announces Beacon Award Winners

The Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of its Beacon Awards. Chamber Executive Director Sara Krouse says the awards used to be known as the BIE awards… The Business Award went to the Scenic Shore Inn, recognizing their expansion, doubling the amount of rooms, and adding a pool, sauna, and large deck.Emily Rankin, a Paraprofessional at Algoma Schools was named as the … Continue reading

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Door County Well Represented at Governor’s Conference on Tourism

Three awards were handed out to Door County recipients at an awards banquet at the recent Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Jon Jarosh, Director of Communications and PR for the Door County Visitor Bureau says there were 45 nominees seeking recognition in five different categories… Jarosh says the awards handed out recognized the contributions of Door County residents in several areas… The Wisconsin Governor’s Tourism Awards … Continue reading

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Students Participate in CTA Program

The Door County Visitor Bureau hosted its first student focused Certified Tourism Ambassador class last week at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. In partnership with Sturgeon Bay Schools, a dozen students from the Future Business Leaders of America organization participated in the class, along with High School Principal Robert Nickel and Superintendent Dan Tjernagle. The course included sections on customer service, business communication, … Continue reading

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Room Tax Collections Up Again

Another indicator of how well things went during the 2018 tourism season in Door County has come in with positive numbers. Jon Jarosh, Director of Communications and PR for the Door County Visitor Bureau, says the final numbers for the county-wide room tax were provided by the Door County Tourism Zone Commission… Jarosh says the growth in tourist spending over the past nine years is … Continue reading

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Door County Sales Tax Passes $4 Million in 2018

At the beginning of each new year, folks in the retail sector try to evaluate how the previous year went. That’s certainly the case for Door County’s tourism industry. The final numbers are expected to be out soon. Jon Jarosh, Director of Communications and PR for the Door County Visitor Bureau, says the county-wide sales tax is a good indicator… Jarosh says the sales tax … Continue reading

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Partial Snowmobile Trail Opening

The Southeast and Southwest sections of the Door County Snowmobile Trail system opened on Wednesday afternoon. Conditions are listed as fair and they will be grooming the trails. The Southwest section includes all areas west of County Road M and west of the south half of the Ahnapee State Trail. The Southeast Section is from Gordon Road south over the Bayview Bridge and includes Potawatomi … Continue reading

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Big Bundle Up Under Way in Door County

The Big Bundle Up is back for another holiday season in Door County. The statewide campaign, spearheaded locally by close to a dozen tourism agencies, is now in its eighth year. Jen Rogers, Communications and PR Manager for the Door County Visitor Bureau, is working on the project with Marketing Manager Cambria Mueller. She says Door County residents have been very generous when it comes … Continue reading

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Visitor Center Awarded Grant for Wayfinding Initiative

The Wisconsin Public Service Downtown Public Revitalization grant program recently awarded a $500 grant to the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center to support the local downtown wayfinding design initiative. The money will be used in support of a project to help people find their way around the city and the county. Pam Seiler, Executive Director of the local tourism agency, explains why the initiative was launched… … Continue reading

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