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State, Local Tourism Industry Hit Hard by Pandemic; Rebound Expected

RACINE COUNTY – Last year’s COVID-19 pandemic contributed to steep cuts in tourism spending statewide and locally. But travel officials anticipate a rebound as vaccinations become more widespread and travelers grow optimistic about making up for lost 2020 vacations. Direct visitor spending in Wisconsin fell 28 percent from a record $13.6 billion in 2019 to […]

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Three County Organizations Receive TRAVEL Grants

RACINE COUNTY – Three Racine County organizations have received Wisconsin TRAVEL Grants from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The grants announced this week are presented to: Real Racine (Racine County Convention & Visitors Bureau), $282,138. The organization promotes activities throughout the county and operates the Real Racine Visitor Center at 14015 Washington Ave., Yorkville.Downtown Racine […]

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Wisconsin Creates $8 Million Tourism Aid Program

MADISON – Applications are being accepted through Sept. 28 for the Tourism Relief to Accelerate Vitality and Economic Lift (TRAVEL) stimulus grant program. The $8 million effort aims to help restore economic activity to Wisconsin’s tourism industry that has suffered losses stemming from this year’s COVID-19 public health emergency. Administered by the Wisconsin Department of […]

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Donations are welcomed for The Big Bundle Up

Donations of new or gently used winter coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items are welcome for The Big Bundle Up, a winter clothing drive presented by Real Racine and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. All items will be donated to local charities serving families and individuals. Clothing items for the 2017-18 drive […]

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The Big Bundle Up sets donation records

Racine County area residents have done it again! Their generous donations of winter clothing broke local and statewide records for The Big Bundle Up campaign this year. A record 1,323 winter clothing items, including coats, caps, sweaters, gloves and hats, were collected in Racine County in the campaign conducted by Real Racine and the Wisconsin […]

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Real Racine Celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week

Real Racine, the county’s destination marketing organization, is celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week (May 1-7) with news about tourism’s economic impact. The new research shows that visitor spending in Racine County set a record $232.3 million in 2015. It was the fourth straight visitor spending increase since 2012. The report, prepared by national research […]

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Real Racine Awarded Grant for May 21 Event

(Dave Blank, Real Racine CEO, and David Spiegelberg, Wisconsin Department of Tourism) Racine County residents and out-of-town visitors are invited to a day-long celebration of interesting places, fascinating architecture and local history at the first ever “Open House Racine County” on Saturday, May 21. With help from a Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant from the […]

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‘Big Bundle Up’ sets record

Residents once again proved that the Racine area has a big heart! They generously donated a local record 705 winter clothing items, including coats, sweaters, gloves and hats, to “The Big Bundle Up” campaign conducted by Real Racine and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Area residents also contributed to a record 22,510 items collected statewide. […]

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The Big Bundle Up Collects 353 Items

Congratulations, area residents. You did it again! Your generous donations totaled 353 winter clothing items, including coats, sweaters, gloves and hats, to “The Big Bundle Up” campaign conducted by Real Racine and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The 2014-15 campaign, held from Nov. 24 through Jan. 4, collected warm clothing for local charities. The Real […]