Wisconsin Dells Sees Uptick In Tourism

Noah's Ark General Manager: 'It Was A Good Year'

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The Wisconsin Dells area, which saw a number of attractions close for the season this weekend, seems to have had a jump in tourism this year.

Labor Day marked the end of summer at Noah’s Ark water park. Mark Whitfield, the park’s general manager, said it’s been “a good year.”

“I believe most businesses in the area did well,” he said.

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Whitfield said that three conditions helped create an ideal summer in Wisconsin Dells: “People are feeling more comfortable traveling, gas prices are down, and weather has been good.”

Romy Snyder, the director of the city’s Visitors and Convention Bureau, said spending by tourists has been on the rise. “For the past couple of years, our estimated visitors’ expenditures have been increasing anywhere from 5 to 8 percent,” she said.

Figures on the economic impact of this year’s spike in tourism will be released in May.