Welcome to the Explore Minnesota Tourism Industry website!
Explore Minnesota welcomes you to the Industry website, built especially for and about the businesses and organizations that make tourism a $14.4 billion industry in the state, employing 259,500 people in 2015 – up from $13.6 billion and 254,000 jobs in 2014.
To access the 2017 Tourism and the Economy Fact Sheet and other material highlighting the impact of travel in Minnesota, visit the Tourism Awareness section of the website.
This website is the go-to place to learn about ways that you can get involved in tourism promotion and marketing opportunities or dig into a wealth of research and reports on things that explain the impact of tourism on the economy, along with trends and facts and figures. We will keep this site up-to-date with training opportunities, and timely information on issues that may affect you.
Be sure to check out the Featured Programs page, where we will post the most relevant, timely items that may be of interest to you.
If you have an upcoming conference or industry event that could be of interest to this audience, or if you have a question or comment for Explore Minnesota Tourism please contact us.
2016 Explore Minnesota Tourism Annual Report
2016 was an exciting year for Explore Minnesota, and the state’s tourism industry as a whole. The centennial of the National Park Service, the Ryder Cup, the new U.S. Bank Stadium, and other exciting developments in cities and towns across the state all contributed to increased visitation, spending and jobs in Minnesota’s leisure and hospitality sector. Take a quick look back at some of the things we accomplished this past year.
2017 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference
The 2017 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference was held Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2017 at the Intercontinental Saint Paul Hotel in downtown Saint Paul. View details and conference speaker presentations!
New Event Funding Grants
This pilot program is designed to generate economic impact and increase media awareness of the state as an event destination by securing new events in communities throughout the state. Eligible events must be new to Minnesota and open to the public.