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Minnesota Experiences Best Summer Travel Season Since 2008

Minnesota’s summer travel season was the strongest on record since 2008, based on results from a recent statewide lodging survey conducted by Explore Minnesota. Due in part to favorable weather and economic factors, the annual survey revealed lodging business growth and financial health to be at their highest levels since comparable data was first gathered in 2008. More than half of respondents (51%) said their summer occupancy was up, and 62% cited increased revenue compared to the already strong 2014 summer travel season. By contrast, only 22% of respondents said occupancy was down, and 17% reported decreased summer revenue. Overall, 87% of respondents rated their current financial health as growing (32%) or stable, but positive (55%). The survey was completed by 244 Minnesota lodging businesses, including hotels and motels, resorts, B&Bs, campgrounds and vacation home rentals. More information can be found here.

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.