Tourists Spending Up in Racine and Kenosha Counties
More great news on the tourist front- both Racine and Kenosha Counties saw an increase in tourism spending in 2015. More tourism not only means more dollars coming into our communities, but also means jobs and income for residents making this great news for our district!
In Racine County, tourism generated 232.3 million in 2015. This is a 1.9% increase over 2014, and a record for the County! This marks the 4th straight year of record setting numbers, but the good news doesn't stop there. Traveler spending is also a significant source of employment, and the tourism industry in Racine County supported 4,091 Racine County jobs and contributed $108.6 million in personal income last year. Those local jobs generated $26.9 million in state and local taxes.
In Kenosha County, tourists spent $196.6 million last year, an 8.1% increase over 2014. Tourism in Kenosha County generated $22.1 million in state and local tax revenues and $14.8 million in federal tax revenues last year. According to the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, without the state and local taxes generated by tourism, each Kenosha County household would need to pay an additional $360 in taxes to maintain the current level of government services. The tourism industry in Kenosha County supported a total of 3,164 jobs in 2015, resulting in 80.8 million in personal income.
It is wonderful to see an increase in folks visiting our communities, and enjoying all we have to offer in Racine and Kenosha Counties. From our beautiful coast line and parks to the great businesses and historic landmarks- we have a lot to be proud of in the 21st Senate District!