This is the last travel weekend for a while for many Minnesotans, as summer fades and school kicks into gear. But it was a travel season that surprised many in the tourism industry. Kim Hornibrook and her husband own a campground in Jordan, Minn.
From Shriners to baseball fans, we’re seeing a lot of tourists in downtown Minneapolis this summer. They can get around quickly with taxis, light rail and shuttles. But for those who want a closer, more personal look at the city, there’s Stephanie Croteau and her company, The Fit Tourist, offering biking and walking tours of the city.
Make the most of your summer with this ultimate guide to road trips.
The Governor’s Fishing Opener kicks off the walleye and northern pike season at midnight Friday. This year’s festivities are being held in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Gov. Mark Dayton will fish out of Grand View Lodge in Nisswa on Gull Lake.
Say goodbye to “More to Explore.” Minnesota tourism promoters are ushering in a new slogan that focuses on “Only in Minnesota” experiences as part of their largest-ever advertising campaign.
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.