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Left to right, front row, Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen and Douglas County Board Chairman Doug Finn, back row, Andrew Nussbaum with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and Dave Minor, president and CEO of the Chamber of Superior-Douglas County gather at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center Tuesday to tout the county’s tourism success in 2013. (Maria Lockwood)

Douglas County gains in tourism

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Douglas County was tops in tourism last year.

The county saw an increase of over 10 percent in direct visitor spending in 2013 over 2012, the largest increase of all 72 counties in Wisconsin.

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Calumet County came in second place with an increase of 9.87 percent followed by St. Croix County with an 8.48 percent increase.

A study by Tourism Economics 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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