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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has appointed Scott Krause, General Manager of the Heidel House Resort & Spa, Green Lake, to the Governor’s Council on Tourism. Krause currently serves on the WH&LA Board of Directors as the AH&LA Director. Also named to the council was Allyson Gommer, Chippewa Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Allyson and Scott aboard the Council,” said Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett. “Their years of experience and diverse backgrounds in the tourism industry will help guide the Council’s work in seeking innovative ways to market Wisconsin and grow the tourism economy.”

The Governor’s Council on Tourism is made up of 20 individuals appointed by the Governor, hailing from all corners of the state and from a variety of occupations within the state’s tourism industry. Tourism Council members provide strategic insight and advisement to the Department of Tourism to further its mission to grow the tourism economy in the state

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TourismImageLast week the Wisconsin Dept of Tourism released the 2008 Economic Impact data for Wisconsin’s tourism industry.  You can download the full report, County by County data and regional reports from their site here.

For national economic impact research information, the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Information Center has compiled the following resources:
“The U.S. Travel Association (formerly Travel Industry Association – TIA) has posted results from their 2008 Impact of Travel on State Economies report on The Power of Travel Website:  www.poweroftravel.org.  The Website is jam-packed with useful figures on travel spending, tax receipts, employment, and payroll on the state level and congressional district level.

Another valuable (and free) resource providing hard data on the industry is Ernst & Young’s U.S. 2009 lodging report which includes detailed analysis of 17 major cities, lodging chain segments and a global and U.S. lodging industry overview.  Essays on the credit crunch, financing, mixed use projects, and the effect of President Obama’s stimulus package on the lodging industry are also included.

Finally, if you haven’t checked it yet,  STR Global (formerly Smith Travel Research) is now providing more data and analysis “up front” and available to the public through their news website called Hotel News Now.”

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