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Gov. Scott Walker kicks off tourism week at Wausau museum

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Kicking off tourism week on Friday, Gov. Walker made a stop at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. There he said visitors to Wisconsin play a crucial role in the economy. 

State tourism leaders say tourist spending is on-the-rise and last year brought in nearly $21 billion dollars.

He said Marathon County has many attractions that lure people in.

"Whether it's the venue like the Woodson where people might come up outside the area and tour and look at the incredible exhibits and then make a stop and go to the red eye for pizza," he said. " Maybe someone says I'm going to go skiing on rib mountain, that all ties together."

The tourism industry is credited with supporting nearly 200,000 jobs in the badger state. 

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