This year’s National Tourism Week activities take place May 4-12, and will be themed “The Travel Effect." The theme is a collective effort to promote the power of travel through customized events in communities nationwide. The goal is to enhance the country’s economy, security and perception, and recognize the cultural and social benefits created by travel and tourism.
Tourism is a key sector of Minnesota economy, comparable to agriculture in its contribution to the gross state product.
In Crookston, top attractions for visitors include the Polk County Historical Museum, the Glacial Ridge and Rydell National Wildlife Refuges, UMC floral and butterfly gardens, Veterans Memorial Walkway, and unique shopping. Vacations and getaways benefit the travelers who take them, of course, but tourism also benefits the communities these travelers visit, including Crookston.
In celebration of National Tourism Week Fisher’s Landing Travel Information Center on Highway 2 will be opening May 7 for the season. Our staff this year will be Jeannine Windels, Sharon Bergsgaard, Sharon Olson and Gordy Royal. The Center will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Everyone is welcome to come out this weekend and enjoy our Minnesota cookies and complimentary refreshments while gathering information to “Explore Minnesota” this summer.
Minnesota’s leisure and hospitality industry accounts for more than 242,000 full and part-time jobs and more than $3.4 billion in wages. The industry is projected to add more than 41,000 jobs between 2004 and 2014, a growth rate of 17.5 percent. Only professional and business services, and education and health services have higher projected job growth.
Travelers in Minnesota spend more than $32 million per day. These dollars circulate widely into Minnesota’s local and state economies, supporting businesses and amenities that add to Minnesotans quality of life. Every $1 invested in state tourism marketing returns an estimated $4.60 in state and local taxes, $20.40 in wages and $53 in gross sales.