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.
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.
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.