Thursday, February 14, 2008

Tourism important to Minnesota economy

St. Paul, Minn. 1-29-08

New research sponsored by the University of Minnesota Tourism Center reveals that, for the third year in a row, nearly all Minnesotans understand the importance of tourism to the state's economy. In Minnesota, tourism generates $10.5 billion in gross receipts/sales and employs more than 244,000 people.

The Center's profile of 2007 fall travelers shows that fully half of Northcentral/West region travelers were from North Dakota (53%) compared with 1% each in the other Minnesota regions.

Other interesting data about tourism in our region includes:
Study of visitors to the Detroit Lakes-Mahnomen area;
Study of visitors to Otter Tail County;
Study of visitors to the southern Red River Valley.

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