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News about the Minnesota Tourism Industry

Minnesota Summer Travel Forecast Remains Strong
With travelers eager to explore and the economy continuing to strengthen, Minnesota is poised for another season of growth in tourism business. A pre-summer survey revealed a positive summer outlook from Minnesota's tourism industry, and signals from consumers also point toward increased travel this summer.

Results from a recent survey of Minnesota lodging and camping businesses included 38 percent of businesses expecting higher occupancy this summer, and another 48 percent expecting occupancy similar to last summer's; 46 percent also expect an increase in revenue for the summer season. Additionally, a combined 79% of respondents rated their businesses' current financial health as positive with 24.5% reporting growth and 54.8% reporting as stable, but positive. The survey was conducted by Explore Minnesota Tourism, the state's tourism promotion office, and was completed by 245 businesses, including hotels and motels, resorts, B&Bs, campgrounds and vacation home rentals.

Pedal Minnesota Promotes the Great State of Biking
Minnesota has perhaps the best collection of paved bike trails anywhere in the country. These scenic trails can be found throughout the state, from the heart of Minneapolis to the suburbs of this metro area, and from the rolling rural countryside to the north woods. A partnership of several government agencies and private organizations, called Pedal Minnesota, is encouraging bicycling in Minnesota. It was launched in 2012, and includes a website dedicated to many different aspects of biking. The newest edition of the Minnesota Biking brochure, part of the Pedal Minnesota promotion, features about 30 paved trails throughout the state, several prime mountain biking areas, and on-road touring, including the Mississippi River Trail route. The brochure can be viewed or ordered online at: exploreminnesota.com. More information can be found at www.pedalmn.com.