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Wisconsin tourism industry generates $21.6 billion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s tourism industry generated $21.6 billion last year.

That’s according to a new report from the state Department of Tourism. The report says visitor spending rose nearly 5 percent in 2018 to $13.3 billion. Tourism brought in $1.2 billion worth of federal taxes, $879 million in state taxes and $703 million in local taxes.

Most of the growth is tied to recreational activities.

Kristina LeVan, a spokeswoman for the Department of Tourism, said several large events drew visitors to the state last year, including Milwaukee Brewers playoff games, the CrossFit Games in Madison and Harley-Davidson’s 115th anniversary celebration in Milwaukee.

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