Lt. Gov. visits the local tourism industry

Published on : Wednesday, September 13, 2017

downloadIt’s been some time now that the permanent residents of the Lakes Area have been familiar with the inflow of the seasonal tourist boom. The tourism market is one the main reasons that make the financial system of the Lakes exclusive. Iowa Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg along with many area business representatives and legislators visited Bridges Bay Resort in Arnolds Park Friday. It was a part of a tour to find out about the needs of Iowa communities. Gregg said he and Gov. Kim Reynolds take pleasure in the chance to visit small businesses which do not receive much recognition. Though, they play an important role. He said the visits can assist in recognizing the ways the state can help the local businesses.


Gregg measured up the summertime population spike in the Lakes Area to the major leap Iowa City experiences during Hawkeye football games. However, he mentioned that the boom of the Lakes Area lasts for few weeks rather than hours. Okoboji Tourism Director Rebecca Peters explained that the county population increases from approximately 17,000 to 67,000 during those weeks and mentioned tourism has a predictable financial impact of $276 million for the county.


Peters also said that the tourism office of the state organize the efforts through regional offices and so forth. So far, local parks, trails, theatres and restaurants have been the key attractions, besides the lakes. According to Peters, preserving a strong relationship with the state is useful. However, she advised Gregg to grow a stronger relationship between the state and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Peters also mentioned that the county is home to some 2,000 campsites, majority of them in state parks.


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