Three events in Door County are expanding their marketing efforts with the help of Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grants from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The Egg Harbor Business Association is receiving a $20,000 grant for the inaugural Door County Wine Fest, Door County North is receiving an $8,000 grant for Uncork Summer/Door County Food, Wine & Music Festival, and the Door County Maritime Museum is receiving a $4,000 grant for its successful Door County Sea Dogs exhibit. Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett presented the JEM Grant checks during the Governor’s Council on Tourism quarterly meeting in Baileys Harbor on May 12.
“We’re proud to support three events that promote Door County’s culinary tourism and maritime history,” said Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett. “These events are an excellent way to draw new visitors and showcase everything the area has to offer, all while creating a positive economic impact.”
In fiscal 2015, the Department funded 59 Joint Effort Marketing projects, awarding a total of more than $1.1 million. Visitor expenditures driven by the marketing from these projects will exceed $31 million. In 2015, the tourism economy in Wisconsin totaled $19.3 billion, a more than four percent increase from 2014. Business sales in Door County totaled $424.3 million in 2015, supporting 3,110 jobs and more than $35 million in state and local taxes. For information on the JEM Program and application materials, visit industry.travelwisconsin.com.