Trego, WI (NNCNOW.com) - A ribbon cutting in Trego on Thursday showcased a trio of new tourism projects in Northwest Wisconsin.
Tourism brought $16.8 billion into Wisconsin in 2012.
New tourism oriented venues in the Northwest part of the state will hopefully bring in even more.
"This is a wonderful project the Mobile Travel Information Center and this brand new depot that has been built here in Trego, we are very excited about this, these two projects go together to represent all of Northwest Wisconsin," said Drew Nussbaum, Regional Tourism Specialist with the Wis. Department of Tourism.
The information center received the 2013 Governor's Tourism Service Excellence award at the Governor's Conference on Tourism in March.
"It was all done by private sector, this is an individual a couple individuals who had this vision, put it together and it is going to have such a tremendous impact on not only tourism in northwest Wisconsin but also help small businesses that rely on those visitors," said Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-10).
The MoTIC was created by Greg Vreeland, who also built the new Depot Travel Information Center.
"That's really the exciting part about it, is combining the ability to help people plan their vacations and see other things with the train," said Vreeland.
"I own a bed and breakfast and people when they arrive they are like, what is there to do in the area, and, we do is have a shortage of things to do in the area so this is a very nice addition to the community," said Mary Campion.
The train provides an array of services from scenic tours of the north woods, to overnight stays aboard the train.
All these amenities tourism experts say, are designed to keep people coming back to beautiful Wisconsin.
Vreeland started in Duluth working with the Lake Superior Railroad museum and moved to Spooner and started the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad in 1997.
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