Kenosha Area Visitors and Convention Bureau

NFL Network in town Thursday to chart Bears-Packers rivalry

From the Kenosha Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau:

Hey Kenosha! Wear your Packer or Bear gear Thursday, August 30, 2012 for the NFL Network! The network is filming in town for a feature on Kenosha and the Bears/Packers rivalry. The public is invited to be part of the filming at The Brat Stop (12304 – 75th Street) at 12:30 p.m. More filming stops will be made during the day and evening. Watch the Kenosha Area CVB Facebook page for updates. The feature will air during the pre-game show before the Bears and Packers meet for the first time this season on September 13 on the NFL Network. Let’s paint the town blue/orange/green/gold!!!!!

Travelers spent an estimated $155.8 million in Kenosha County in 2011

In 2011, travelers spent an estimated $155.8 million in Kenosha County, an increase of $11.8 million, or 8.2%, over 2010, the Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced.

Each year, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism commissions a traveler expenditure study to estimate the economic impact on Wisconsin counties by tourism. The figures come from this study, “Tourism Economics: The Economic Impact of Tourism in Wisconsin.”

The tourism industry in Kenosha County sustained 2,860 jobs in 2011, which provided $65.5 million in personal income. Largely comprised of small businesses, travel and hospitality jobs can’t be outsourced or exported. The tourism industry provides work across the spectrum of employment from entry level and part-time jobs to management and entrepreneurial positions. Visitors to Kenosha County generated $18.4 million in state and local taxes and $12.1 million in federal tax revenues during 2011. Kenosha County ranks 19th in Wisconsin for traveler spending among 72 counties.

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I-94 Visitor Information Center to host open house March 2

On Friday, March 2, the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau hosts another fun and informative Open House at its I-94 Visitor Information Center. Travelers taking a break from the road, as well as local residents – tourists in their own town – are invited. First Fridays, a free event, takes place from noon to 3 p.m. at this center, which serves as the gateway to Wisconsin for countless travelers from Illinois, numerous other states, and many countries throughout the world. While at the center, pick up a copy of the new 2012 Kenosha Area Visitors Guide. Featured exhibitors on March 2, bringing samples, brochures, coupons, and smiles are:  Jockey Factory Store, Culver’s of Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha Public Museum, Civil War Museum, Dinosaur Discovery Museum, and the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (with a chance to win a free hotel stay!).  The I-94 Visitor Information Center is located at the southeast corner of I-94 and Hwy. 165, at 10519 – 120th Avenue (Exit 347). For more details, call the I-94 Center at (262) 857-7164, or the Downtown Kenosha Center at (262) 654-7307, or (800) 654-7309.  For more information about attractions, events, shopping, dining, lodging, recreation opportunities, and more in the Kenosha Area, visit www.KenoshaCVB.com.  Follow us on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook to receive updates about events, specials, and more.

First Friday this week at I-94 Visitor Information Center

On Friday, Sept. 2, the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau kicks off the holiday weekend with another fun, informative, and tasty Open House at its I-94 Visitor Information Center.

Travelers taking a break from the road, as well as local residents – tourists in their own town – are invited.

First Fridays, a free open house, takes place from noon to 3 p.m. at this center, which serves as the gateway to Wisconsin for countless Illinois travelers.

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Tall ships to return to Kenosha

Are you a tall ships fan? Good news!

Two tall ships are returning to the area, the Kenosha Area Visitors and Convention Bureau is reporting.

Time for first Friday open house at I-94 Visitor Information Center

On Friday, Aug. 5, the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomes everyone to another fun, informative, and tasty Open House at its I-94 Visitor Information Center.

Travelers taking a break from the road and local residents – tourists in their own town – are invited.

The first Friday of every month (through September), a free open house takes place from noon to 3 p.m. at this center, which serves as the gateway to Wisconsin for countless Illinois travelers.

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First Friday this week at I-94 Visitor Information Center

The Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is kicking off the long holiday weekend on Friday, July 1, with a Summer Open House at its I-94 Visitor Information Center. Local residents staying in town for the weekend can gather ideas on how to be a tourist in their own town, while travelers hitting the road early can stop in for a break, treats, and useful travel information.

The first Friday of every month (through September), a free open house takes place from noon to 3 p.m. at this center, which serves as the gateway to Wisconsin for countless Illinois travelers. Expected exhibitors on July 1 are:

First Friday event this week at Visitor Information Center

Local residents and travelers alike are invited to First Fridays at the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Visitor Information Center at I-94 and Highway 165.

The first Friday of every month (through September), a free open house takes place from noon to 3 p.m. at this center, which serves as the gateway to Wisconsin for countless travelers. Visitors have the opportunity to meet Kenosha Area business and attraction operators; enjoy tasty food samples, coupons and other giveaways; win hotel stays and more prizes; take their photo with Tripp the Tourist to win prizes; and collect information and advice about things to see and do this summer. Expected this month are Wilmot Mountain, Culver’s of Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha Public Museums, Candlewood Suites, and Holiday Inn Express.

The I-94 Visitor Information Center is located at the southeast corner of I-94 and Hwy. 165, at 10519 – 120th Ave. (Exit 347). For more details, call the I-94 Center at (262) 857-7164 or the Downtown Center at (262) 654-7307 or (800) 654-7309. For more information about attractions, events, shopping, dining, lodging, recreation opportunities and more in the Kenosha Area, visit www.KenoshaCVB.com. Follow us on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook to receive updates about events, specials, and more.

Western Kiwanis Club and KACVB get grant to market Taste of Wisconsin


Gov. Scott Walker was in Kenosha Monday to announce a $20,700 grant to the Western Kenosha Kiwanis Club and the Kenosha Area Visitors and Convention Bureau to help market the Taste of Wisconsin festival to be held along the Kenosha Harbor July 29-31.

“I am honored to present this grant to the Kiwanis Club of Western Kenosha for Taste of Wisconsin,” Walker said. “This annual family event that rests on the shores of Lake Michigan hosts much of what Wisconsin has to offer – good times and great food. The $1.2 million dollars in estimated economic impact for the Kenosha Area makes this grant a good investment for Wisconsin.”

Walker made the announcement at a press conference at the Kenosha Public Museum. Most of the grant money will be used to market the event to northern Illinois residents.

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Convention & Visitor’s Bureau seeking area photos

As you enjoy spring in the Kenosha Area, the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau reminds you to take photos along the way and enter the Kenosha Area Picture Perfect Photo Contest.

This is an opportunity for area residents to show their hometown pride by sharing with visitors what a wonderful place the Kenosha Area is, no matter the season. Photos help draw tourists to the community. Tourism, in turn, makes a positive impact on the local economy.

Each photo submitted has the chance to be used on KACVB’s web site, in the Kenosha Area Visitors Guide and other marketing, to promote the Kenosha Area as a fun and exciting place for out-of-town visitors. At the end of the year, all photos submitted during 2011 will be judged. The top photos will be awarded dinner for two at an area restaurant. Photos will be judged based on content and quality. An entry form must be submitted with each photo.

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