Provide timely information regarding weather, transportation facilities, hunting, fishing, boating, motoring, snowmobiling and skiing conditions and other subjects of interest to those seeking recreational opportunities in the state.
Establish, manage and operate permanent or temporary tourist information centers along major highways into the state.
Provide advice and service to persons or groups engaged in the recreation industry.
Conduct research into the status and needs of the recreation industry.
Operate a reservations service for recreational facilities in the state.
Provide planning and coordinating assistance to tour operators, convention and trade show managers.
The department shall plan and conduct a program of advertising and promotion designed to attract interested persons to this state and to stimulate the enjoyment of its recreational opportunities by residents and nonresidents alike. Any contracts engaging a private agency to conduct an advertising or promotion program under this subsection shall reserve to the department the right to terminate the contract if the service is unsatisfactory to the department. The department shall encourage and coordinate the efforts of public and private organizations to publicize the facilities and attractions of the state for the purpose of stimulating their enjoyment by residents and tourists.
Access to customer information; fees. 41.11(4m)(a)
Notwithstanding s. 19.35
, the department may refuse to reveal names, addresses and related demographic information maintained on any list that the department has compiled of persons who have requested information about travel opportunities in the state. The department may not refuse to reveal such information to representatives of the news media.
Notwithstanding s. 19.71
, if the department provides information from a list of persons requesting travel information, the department may charge the person requesting the information a fee to recover the department's actual costs of compiling and providing the information. The department may reduce or waive the fee under this subsection if the department determines that the reduction or waiver is in the public interest.
The department shall distribute cheese that was donated, or purchased from donations received under par. (c)
, free of charge to the public each year from the 2nd to last Monday in May to the first Monday in September at each tourist information center operated by the department in this state except the tourist information center located in Madison.
Cheese distributed under par. (a)
shall be in packages of one ounce or less and shall be manufactured in Wisconsin.
The department shall accept cheese, and refrigeration equipment and gifts, grants, bequests and devises, for the purpose of implementing this subsection. If there is an insufficient amount of cheese available to implement this subsection, the department shall contact potential donors for donations. The department shall return any surplus cheese to the donor.
Council on tourism. 41.12(1)(1)
The council on tourism shall advise the secretary on matters relating to tourism. Five members of the council on tourism shall assist the secretary in formulating a statewide marketing strategy. The 5 members shall be selected by a vote of the council on tourism from among the members, other than ex officio members, of the council on tourism.
The council on tourism shall develop a plan to assist and encourage private companies located in this state to promote this state in their advertisements. Upon the adoption of a plan by the council on tourism, the secretary shall consider implementing the plan.
The council on tourism shall consider the use of famous residents and former residents of this state in the tourism marketing strategies.
History: 1987 a. 1
; 1995 a. 27
; Stats. 1995 s. 41.12.
The department may establish tourism offices, within or without the state, as necessary to carry out its duties. Wisconsin residency may not be required of classified employees staffing tourism offices located outside the state.
History: 1975 c. 39
; 1995 a. 27
; Stats. 1995 s. 41.14.
Film promotion. 41.15(1)(1)
In this section, “film" means any product created using any technology for the recording, storage and reproduction of audiovisual material.
The department shall encourage persons to produce films which will enhance the image of this state and its communities and countryside. To carry out this purpose, it shall:
Prepare and distribute promotional and informational materials identifying factors which make it desirable to produce films in this state and describing the services available from local and state governmental units and from the private sector in this state.
Help persons secure licenses and permits, and provide other appropriate services, related to film production.
Help persons obtain cooperation from local, state and federal governmental units and from the private sector in order to produce films.
Coordinate its activities with the activities of similar bodies created by local governmental units in this state.
It may apply for, receive and spend grants and donations to fund its operations.
History: 1987 a. 27
; 1995 a. 27
; Stats. 1995 s. 41.15.
Grants to municipalities and organizations for regional tourist information centers. 41.16(1)(1)
In this section:
“Applicant" means any of the following and any combination of any of the following:
A nonprofit organization, as defined in s. 106.13 (3m) (a) 1r.
, whose purposes include tourism to or within the state or a particular region in the state.
An organization, including an elected governing body, of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state.
“Region" means 2 or more counties in this state.
From the appropriation under s. 20.380 (1) (km)
, the department may award a grant under this section to an applicant to reimburse the applicant for up to 50 percent of eligible costs incurred by the applicant to operate a regional tourist information center. The tourist information center must provide informational and promotional materials on cultural or recreational attractions in the region and must be located in a place at which a tourist to the state or region would be reasonably assumed to stop while traveling to or from a recreational or cultural destination. Eligible costs under this subsection include costs to staff the regional tourist information center and to acquire promotional materials and standard display equipment for the tourist information center.
Application and written agreement. 41.16(3)(a)
An applicant shall apply for a grant under this section on a form prepared by the department.
The department shall enter into a written agreement with each grant recipient.
The department shall promulgate rules to administer the grants under this section, including the preparation of an application form.
History: 2009 a. 28
; 2015 a. 55
See also ch. Tour 3
, Wis. adm. code.
Joint effort marketing. 41.17(2)(2)
Any public or private organization not organized or incorporated for profit, including a tribal organization of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state, and any elected governing body of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state may apply to the department for joint effort marketing funds under this section. Prior to applying for such funds, each prospective applicant shall have submitted, at the time and in the manner provided by departmental rule, a plan and budget specifying the media to be used, the market to be approached, the facilities and attractions to be promoted and the applicant's estimated expenditures and receipts for the various projects within the plan. If such plan is coordinated with the statewide marketing strategy, the department shall approve it and the submitting organization or governing body shall be eligible to apply for joint effort marketing funds under this section.
Each joint effort marketing project shall be implemented by a written agreement between the department and the applicant organization or governing body. The agreement shall specify at a minimum:
The name, address and contact person for the applicant and its advertising agency, if any.
A description of the project, including the media to be used, the date or inclusive dates and the geographic market to be reached.
An itemized statement of the estimated total costs of the project.
An itemized statement of the revenues accruing to the applicant from the project through advertising, contributions and other sources.
The conditions for the release of the joint effort marketing funds under this section.
No state funds may be released for a project that is not included within an advertising plan and budget submitted by an eligible organization or governing body and approved by the department.
No funds may be released except in accordance with the agreement concluded under sub. (3)
Funds released in any given project may not exceed 50 percent of the total project costs, less that portion of the amounts recovered by the applicant through the sale of advertising or other promotional considerations in connection with the project which exceeds 50 percent of the total project costs.
No funds may be used to compensate any officer or employee of the applicant for salaries or expenses.
No name or picture of any living state or local public official or candidate for public office may be used in any project for which state funds are received under this section.
No payments may be released except upon presentation of receipted vouchers for project expenditures by the applicant, together with such other documentary evidence substantiating payments and the purposes for which the payments were made as the departmental rules require.
The department may promulgate rules imposing additional requirements to ensure that public funds are used to promote the maximum number of attractions and facilities.
Subject to the 50 percent limitation under s. 20.380 (1) (b)
and the proportional expenditure requirements under s. 20.380 (1) (b)
, the department shall expend, from the appropriations under s. 20.380 (1) (b)
, and (w)
, at least $1,130,000 in the aggregate in each fiscal year in joint effort marketing funds under this section.
History: 1975 c. 39
; 1991 a. 39
; 1995 a. 27
; Stats. 1995 s. 41.17; 1999 a. 9
; 2005 a. 25
See also ch. Tour 1
, Wis. adm. code.
Marketing clearinghouse. 41.21(1)(1)
The department shall establish and maintain a marketing clearinghouse to provide marketing services to all state agencies. The department may enter into an agreement with a state agency for a specific project or to provide specific products. The department may provide consulting services to a state agency, including any of the following:
The department may charge state agencies for services and products under this section to cover its cost to provide the services and products. The department of administration shall collect the charges from the state agencies and deposit the moneys from the charges in the appropriation account under s. 20.380 (1) (kc)
History: 1995 a. 27
Sale of excess or surplus property.
The department may acquire excess or surplus property from the department of administration under ss. 16.72 (4) (b)
and 16.98 (1)
or from the department of transportation under s. 84.09 (5s)
and, subject to any prior action under s. 13.48 (14) (am)
or 16.848 (1)
, the department may sell the property acquired under this section to any person at a price determined by the department of tourism. All proceeds received by the department of tourism from the sale of property under this section shall be credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.380 (1) (h)
History: 1997 a. 27
; 2013 a. 20
Payments to the WPGA Junior Foundation. 41.24(1)(1)
The department shall enter into an agreement with the WPGA Junior Foundation, Inc. to make payments from the appropriation under s. 20.380 (1) (ir)
to the WPGA Junior Foundation, Inc., to be used by the WPGA Junior Foundation, Inc. to fund its efforts to provide opportunities, enjoyment, and education to junior golfers in this state.
The agreement under this section shall require that the WPGA Junior Foundation, Inc. provide, without fee and as a condition of receiving payments specified under this section, any license or other approval required for use of any logo, trademark, trade name, word, or symbol to be used on or in association with special group registration plates under s. 341.14 (6r) (f) 55m.
The agreement under this section shall require that the WPGA Junior Foundation, Inc. annually submit to the attorney general and the presiding officer of each house of the legislature an audited financial statement of its use of the payments under this section, prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
Payments to the WPGA Junior Foundation, Inc. under this section shall be discontinued by the department if the WPGA Junior Foundation, Inc. dissolves or is no longer exempt from taxation under section 501
(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
History: 2005 a. 260
; 2007 a. 97
KICKAPOO VALLEY RESERVE
Kickapoo land acquisition; reserve designation. 41.40(1)(1)
The department may acquire land from the federal government adjacent to the Kickapoo River, and may determine the boundaries of the Kickapoo valley reserve under s. 41.41 (2)
The department of administration may enter into an agreement to indemnify the federal government from claims arising from or through the management and operation of the land, and any improvements on the land, transferred under sub. (1)
History: 1993 a. 349
; 1995 a. 27
; Stats. 1995 s. 41.40; 1999 a. 64
See also ch. KB 1
, Wis. adm. code.
Kickapoo valley reserve. 41.41(1)(1)
In this section: