MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Travel officials say the Twin Cities metro area welcomed 34.5 million visitors in 2018, an increase of nearly 4% over 2017.
Meet Minneapolis, a group that promotes the City of Lakes as a travel destination, says that according to research data last year’s visitors spent roughly $8 billion in the metro area, a 3.3% increase in year-over-year spending.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: 2,424 Cases, 3 Deaths Reported Friday
In a statement, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said these numbers show the important role that tourism and hospitality play in the region’s economy.READ MORE: Man Fatally Shot On Downtown St. Paul LRT Platform; 2 Others Killed In Separate Shootings
“These serious increases in visitors and visitor spending in the Minneapolis region means we’re moving in the right direction for achieving one of our goals: showing the rest of the world that Minneapolis is a world-class destination,” the mayor said.MORE NEWS: Jackie Young Scores 25 For Aces In 93-87 Win Over Lynx
Major events that led to the boost in visitors last year were the Super Bowl, the Women Engineers Conference and the American Legion’s 100th National Convention.