A new report shows just how much national parks benefit the local economy. The National Park Service report from 2012 showed that the 163,419 people that visited the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Bayfiled, Wis. spent a collective $24 million during their visits.
Minnesota may lack the glamour of Paris, but a new effort aims to make the state attractive to French vacationers. Minnesota’s tourism agency says it will spend up to $45,000 next year to build an on-the-ground marketing presence in France.
Make Minnesota a must-see. That’s the goal of an advertising contract that the state’s tourism agency is seeking to fill. Explore Minnesota put out a call Monday for ad firms to bid on a marketing and promotion contract due to start on Jan. 1 and run through March of 2015.
During four years as the only Midwestern state to offer same-sex marriage, Iowa has seen thousands of couples travel to the heartland for wedding celebrations that pumped millions of dollars into the state economy.
The state’s first city to ban smoking in all bars and restaurants wants to take the war against tobacco one step further. The Duluth city council will soon be voting on a proposed ordinance that would ban smokers from lighting up outside along its popular waterfront and parks.
Minneapolis announced that the city will be hosting the USA Junior Girls National Volleyball Championships in 2014.
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.
The Visitor’s Bureau in the Fargo-Moorhead area wants more gay travelers in town.
Michigan and Wisconsin have thrown off the gloves and are engaged in hand-to-hand combat in a debate over which of them looks more like a mitten.
Experts say Minnesota’s $11 billion travel and leisure industry continues to creep out of the recession, but there could be obstacles ahead, including a government shutdown.
The Memorial Day weekend is considered the traditional start of the summer vacation season and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is hoping her bill will bring more tourists to Minnesota.
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A Duluth City Council member said the city has neglected the upkeep of some of its most popular tourist attractions, including a replica Viking ship, and that he plans to propose the establishment of a $50,000 annual fund that would go toward their maintenance.