Minneapolis convention and visitors officials say 2014 was the city’s most successful year ever. Hotel bookings, future hotel bookings for the Super Bowl and Final Four, sponsorships and record revenue at the Minneapolis Convention Center all helped to make this one big year for the state’s biggest city.
Some are tucked away, others, out front, all working to roll out the welcome mat to baseball fans this week. “It’s just bringing our Minnesota Nice and spreading it to people who are here for the All Star Game,” Tara Olson Medina, of Spong, said.
Downtown Minneapolis is in full swing as a busy weekend gets underway. Between All-Star Game events, the Basilica Block Party, and the Imagine Dragons concert at TCF Bank Stadium, there’s something for everyone in Minneapolis this weekend.
The Twin Cities is gearing up to handle more tourists that normal this summer. One week from Monday, Target Field will host the Home Run Derby, just one of the big events surrounding the Major League All-Star Game that is expected to attract large crowds. But tens of thousands of tourists have already been here for weeks as part of a steady stream of events.
Sure it’s been cold in Minneapolis this winter. Okay, really cold. But move over Miami. The good old “City of Lakes” could very well take the award for “Best Convention City.” Melvin Tennant, CEO of “Meet Minneapolis” – the city’s official convention and visitors association – says it should be no surprise that Minneapolis is in the running. The city has a booming downtown that’s just too big of an attraction for meeting and even planners to ignore.
Having the Super Bowl return to Minneapolis was part of the sell for the new $975 million Vikings stadium. On Tuesday, that hope came closer to reality as the NFL announced Minneapolis is on short list to host the 2018 Super Bowl. The city is competing with Indianapolis and New Orleans, the 2012 and 2013 hosts.
As the Minnesota Orchestra’s lockout continues into its fifth month, Minneapolis officials are grappling with the economic impact of lots of lost revenue.