Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau

WISCONSIN DELLS VISITOR & CONVENTION BUREAU

The Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau (WDVCB) is the official tourism destination marketing organization for the Wisconsin Dells/Lake Delton area. A private, non-profit corporation formed in 1949, the WDVCB is funded through a combination of room tax (5.5% of which the WDVCB receives 90%), membership dues and advertising co-ops.

 

2015 Statistics

Board of Directors Count: 24
Budget: $12.1 million
# of employees: 21 full-time, 9-11 seasonal/part-time
Approximate # of members/partners: 535

 

Vision Statement

The WDVCB is the official destination marketing organization for the Wisconsin Dells area whose mission is to grow the economic impact of tourism through marketing, public relations and development efforts that benefit our visitors and members. 

 

Mission Statement

Our vision is to secure the Wisconsin Dells area as a national year-round tourism destination by providing visitors with a unique and diverse recreational experience unsurpassed in quality, which offers the WDVCB membership and staff a framework for growth and economic opportunity.

 

History of WDVCB

The Wisconsin Dells Chamber of Commerce was incorporated on October 17, 1949 as a not-for-profit corporation in the state of Wisconsin. In 1956, an amendment to the Articles of Incorporation changed its name to the Wisconsin Dells Regional Chamber of Commerce. In 1986, its name was officially changed to the Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau.

The Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau is a membership organization formed to pool human and capital resources and is a voluntary association of businesses. The Visitor Bureau is a professional, economic organization, rather than social, and it represents those businesses that support it.

 

History of the Wisconsin Dells Area

Mystical photos, taken by H.H. Bennett of the towering bluffs and swirling Wisconsin River, along with the famous one of his son Ashley jumping the chasm at Stand Rock, are what drew the first tourists to the area, and ultimately gave Wisconsin Dells new life as a vacation destination. Commercial development soon followed and frequently centered on the stunning river scenery. In the 1980’s and 1990’s it was outdoor and indoor waterpark development that shaped the next stage of tourism in the Lake Delton/Wisconsin Dells area. Known as the "Waterpark Capital of the World!®" since 2005, the community (with a year-round population just over 5,500) reported estimated visitor expenditures of $1.323 billion in 2013. The area has recently gained recognition and success in the meetings and convention market and has identified the youth sports market as growth market. Tourism is the predominant industry in the Wisconsin Dells area.

 

Other WDVCB Facts and Information

 

Wisconsin Dells Festivals, Inc.

This branch of the Bureau, created in 1991, was formed to create, manage and promote year-round festivals and events (most in fall, winter and spring). Wisconsin Dells has certainly evolved since then, and the perception of the area as a summer-only vacation spot is long gone. The festivals and events have evolved too: Automotion is a family event these days and Fall Festival Weekend has been successful in establishing its dual personality of fun for both families and groups of adults.

 

Mission Statement

Created to provide a forum for the development, implementation, management and promotion of special events and festivals for the Wisconsin Dells area. Wisconsin Dells Festivals, Inc. markets the area as a major year-round tourism destination for the continued growth and economic benefit of the area.

 

Contact Us:

Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau Staff

Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau Administrative Office
PO Box 390
701 Superior Street
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(608) 254-8088
(608) 254-4293 Fax
Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm

Visitor Information
PO Box 390
701 Superior Street
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
(608) 254-4636
(800) 223-3557
(608) 254-4293 Fax
Call (800) 223-3557 for specific hours

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Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau

701 Superior Street, PO Box 390
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-0390
(800) 223-3557
(608) 254-4293 (Fax)
 

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