MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — High gas prices may keep some people closer to home during the upcoming vacation season. And that’s just fine with Minnesota’s tourism industry.

A “More to Explore” radio ad campaign — just launched by the state’s tourism office — was in the works long before we knew how high gas prices would be this spring.

But tourism director Chuck Lennon says that will only add to the appeal of a Minnesota vacation.

“Our marketplace is kind of a 13-state ‘rubber tire’ geographical area, so while people are driving and the gas prices are seeping up we’re kind of a close-by destination,” he said.

Tourism is an $11 billion industry in Minnesota, accounting for 11 percent of all private sector jobs.

Comments (12)
  1. republican says:

    Take the weed out of the price so it won’t be so high.

  2. Jungle Love says:

    Hey MN is a great place to be in the summer!

  3. Darren says:

    I hope to make a trip to the local DQ sometime this summer, but only once, it will cost me $20.00 just to go there.

  4. Kevin says:

    I am renting my house in Maplewood to tourists. I call it the “MN Jungle Tour”…..you stay at my house….and you get to see Diveristy up close….as far as I can tell there are at least 12 different cultures living near me……we will have theme nights like “Survivor Block” where we send them around the block at 10:00 PM with only a twinkie to survive……and we will also have crime show themes like “Name That Gun” where you get to guess what gun is being shot down the street……call me…for reservations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. sad but true says:

      Don’t forget about offering bridge tours. The Lowry bridge is the longest in the world. It extends from Africa to Poland.

  5. Bunny says:

    There are a lot of great places here to vacation ! We have to make some effort to find like any vacation destination . . .

  6. Julie says:

    Higher gas prices mean i can’t afford to fill as often meaning I CAN’T EVEN GO TO STATE PARKS BECAUSE STATE PARK PERMITS COST MONEY ON TOP OF GAS. lol
    Their reasoning sicks and I think this is a propaganda tactic to try and convince us that higher fuel prices are a ‘good’ thing.

    Ya it is good for those making money on gas, but how in the HELL does that help US MINNESOTANS? It makes us dig deeper just to make sure we can go to work to earn more gas money.
    They think we are made out of money, and yet they want to fund a freaking stadium.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      They want to fund a freaking stadium with what? Pull tab revenue? What’s your problem with that, Julie?

      1. Julie says:

        My problem with it is my problem with it.

        You have a problem with me having my own opinion about something that I feel is so profoundly stupid it makes me sick? They are rich enough to do this themselves. Why rely on the state? Oh yeah, they look for ways for others to spend money so they can keep raking in the millions.

  7. John says:

    Thank goodness Obama stopped the pipeline that would increase gasoline supplies and lower the price.

    Maybe he should add a federal tax of $5.00 a gallon, that would REALLY help Minnesota.

    1. Gordon says:

      The pipeline is set to go from Canada to the ports. If the pipeline is going to the ports the oil is not destined for the US. Can people really not think?

    2. jackactionhero says:

      Uh oh, John. You just looked really dumb by not having any clue about the purpose of that pipeline. How embarrassing for you. You must feel like the stupidest human being on Earth right now…

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