State grant could help La Crosse recover from tourism slump
Earlier this week, the TSA screened one million travelers in one day at American airports, for the first time since March.
It’s a sign that the tourism industry is digging out of the hole caused by the COVID pandemic.
The director of the Explore La Crosse agency hopes to see local businesses such as hotels recover soon.
A.J. Frels says area hotels are down about $16 million in revenue, compared to last year, with some hotels counting only a handful of guests a night during the start of the pandemic.
He’s hoping especially to keep meeting planners interested in coming to the La Crosse Center, which is undergoing a $40 million renovation to remain competitive in the convention business.
Frels says all types of media will be used for that marketing, including printing 90,000 copies of the La Crosse area visitors guide.