Tourists spent nearly $12 billion in Wisconsin last year.

That’s according to a report the state Department of Tourism released Friday. It found tourists spent $11.9 billion in the state in 2015, an increase of $500 million from 2014. Last year marked the sixth straight year of increasing spending.

Visitor spending last year generated $19.3 billion in total sales as travelers’ money moved through the state economy. The spending generated $1.5 billion in state and local taxes and $1.1 billion in federal taxes.

The third quarter of 2015 saw the most spending with $3.8 billion in visitor sales.

Gov. Scott Walker planned several stops around the state Friday to tout the report.

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