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Northern Wisconsin preparing for winter tourism

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CABLE, Wis. (AP) -- Northern Wisconsin tourism officials, resort owners and businesses are hoping lower temperatures in the winter will mean more revenues from tourism.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that while people in the tourism industry prepare their hotels and winter activities like ski hills and snowmobiles, Bayfield County Tourism Director Mary Motiff says it's unlikely the snow will generate enough tourism revenue to make up for loss in sales tax revenues by the end of the year. The county had a 10-percent dip in sales tax revenues this August compared to the same time last year, due to heavy storms and flooding in July that damaged some hiking trails.

Mt. Ashwabay assistant manager Nick McGee says the county is expecting snow this weekend thanks to predicted low temperatures.

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