Southwest Wisconsin promoting techmnology-free tourismWestern Wisconsin News
-- Dave Decker tells vacationers to stop-and-smell the coffee. Decker heads the Tri-State Tourism Council in southwest Wisconsin and parts of neighboring Illinois and Iowa.
Dave Decker tells vacationers to stop-and-smell the coffee. Decker heads the Tri-State Tourism Council in southwest Wisconsin and parts of neighboring Illinois and Iowa.
The rolling hills and the majestic Mississippi River bluffs are the region’s calling cards. But they also prevent cell phone and Internet coverage from getting into many places. And that frustrates people who need their Facebook fix, or to get work done. But Decker encourages local businesses to make it a positive – and encourage people to leave their gadgets at the door when they take a walk or a bike ride. Decker says people can enjoy the benefits of a tech-free vacation, and he wants local businesses to promote it as a great way to get away from it all.
The Hollow Inn in Galena Illinois sells out most weekends – even though it has luxury cabins without TV’s. But in far northern Wisconsin, Three Lakes town chairman Don Sidkowski wouldn’t even think of cutting folks off from the outside world. After holding trade fairs, the Oneida County community now has high-speed Internet available to about 90-percent of its residents and visitors.