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Destination Door County Honored with Innovation Award at Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism

March 12, 2024 – Destination Door County (DDC) was honored with an innovation award at the Governor’s Dinner at the Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism on March 12, 2024, at the Grand Geneva in Lake Geneva.

The Innovation Award is presented to a business or community that has demonstrated outstanding initiative through the implementation of new strategies that positively impact their organization and destination. DDC received this award for its groundbreaking Community Investment Fund, launched in 2023. This innovative initiative utilizes room tax dollars generated by overnight visitors to Door County to fund projects aimed at enhancing the quality of life for residents and workers while simultaneously enriching the visitor experience. Eligible applicants include Door County-based 501(c)(3) public charities, 501(c)(6) organizations, and local units of government.

"Our groundbreaking Community Investment Fund embodies our commitment to enhancing both resident livelihoods and visitor experiences, said Julie Gilbert, CEO & President of Destination Door County. "This accolade reflects the dedication and creativity of our team and our ongoing efforts to enhance the visitor experience while supporting the local community."

Each year Wisconsin’s tourism industry honors six Governor’s Tourism Awards recipients at the Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism.



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