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Gathering to tout Douglas County’s tourism successes in 2013 were (from left, front row) Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen and Douglas County Board Chairman Doug Finn, (back row) Andrew Nussbaum of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and Dave Minor, president and CEO of the Chamber of Superior-Douglas County. The officials held a news conference at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center on Tuesday. (Maria Lockwood / mlockwood@superiortelegram.com)

Douglas County tops Wisconsin in tourism

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Douglas County saw more than a 10 percent increase in direct visitor spending in 2013 over the previous year, the largest increase of all 72 counties in Wisconsin.

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A study by Tourism Economics, a travel- and tourism-focused organization, shows the impact of tourism on the state’s economy was $17.5 billion in 2013, an overall increase of just over 4 percent.

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