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Members of St. Clouds hospitality industry gathered together for a photo shoot. (PHOTO: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
Members of St. Clouds hospitality industry gathered together for a photo shoot. (PHOTO: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)
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St. Cloud Convention and Visitors Bureau Says Thanks With Photo [AUDIO]

Those in the hospitality industry gathered at the River's Edge Convention Center this morning for a photo shoot to honor their service.

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chadly, Flickr
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Tourism Industry Has A Big Impact On The State’s Economy [AUDIO]

Tourism is big business in Minnesota. Explore Minnesota Tourism Executive Director John Edman says the industry brings in nearly $12 billion in gross sales every year, and it creates almost 240,000 full-and-part-time jobs.

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Mesa Arts Center (Mesa Conventionand Visitors Bureau)
Mesa Arts Center (Mesa Conventionand Visitors Bureau)
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Mesa “Popular Minnesota Destination,” Says Tourism Office [AUDIO]

As the St. Cloud Regional Airport announces plans to offer regular flights to and from Mesa, Arizona, representatives from the Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau stress the value of the connection.

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Mild Winter Has Been Tough for Minnesota Tourism

The unusually mild winter has been difficult for northern Minnesota businesses that depend on recreational snow. Regional economist Toby Madden with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis says there are similar stories across the north central U.S.

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St. Cloud Area Had A Good Summer For Tourism [AUDIO]

With this being the Labor Day Holiday weekend, the summer tourism season is coming to an end. Julie Lunning is the Executive Director of the St. Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She says overall it was a good summer for tourism in the area.

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Lake Kabatogama
Lake Kabatogama (Creative Commons via Flickr user BierDoctor)
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Tourism Business Picking Up In Minnesota

Experts say Minnesota's $11 billion travel and leisure industry continues to creep out of the recession, but there could be obstacles ahead, including a government shutdown. The president of Hospitality Minnesota, Dan McElroy, says a strong Memorial Day opened the state's businesses travel season.

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