Lodges and Camping
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Lake States Examples:

Hembd, J. and D. Berard. 1991. An Organizational and Financial Analysis of the Northern Wisconsin Resort Industry. Madison, WI: The Center for Community Economic Development, University of Wisconsin-Extension.

A sample of lodging establishments in seventeen counties of northern Wisconsin were interviewed to understand the resort industry in the area. The results lead to several challenges in the resort industry. Extension services offering technical assistance and advice need to be aware of these challenges for Northern Wisconsin resorts. The challenges include: low overall profitability, investments in fixed assets, risky financing, and educational opportunities.

Gray, J., F. Li and S. Hamilton. 1990. Manitowoc-Two Rivers Visitor and Lodging Study Books 1 and 2. Madison, WI: Recreation Resources Center, University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Part I of this report used a sampling of lodging registration cards to come up with a visitor profile. Part II focused on interviews of visitors, owners and operators in this area to gain an understanding of how visitors spent their time, who they are, and how and where they spent money. On average, visitors spent $184.34 per day. Boating parties spent the highest amount, $1,211.54 per day while day trippers spent the least, $156.24 per day.

Henderson, K. and D. Bialeschki. 1980. An Economic Analysis of Organized Camps In Wisconsin. Madison, WI: Recreation Resources Center, University of Wisconsin-Extension.

This study conducted an analysis of the 300 organized camps in Wisconsin through a mail survey. Close to a half million people stayed in camps during 1979 and contributed about $51 million to the state's economy. The local impact of organized camps is estimated at $4.1 million in a county with 25 camps. $94,000 was spent per camp in the local community with the direct and indirect value totaling $164,000.

Other Examples:

McEwen, D. 1989. National Economic Survey of Private Campgrounds. Carbondale, IL: National Campground Owners Association and the Department of Recreation.

Private campgrounds throughout the U.S. were surveyed to gather information about the industry. Income and expense data, camper types, camper expenditures, upgrading and construction projections, and maintenance equipment was some of the data collected. It provides campground owners with the ability to compare themselves to the industry.

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