Published on : Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The CEO of the Minneapolis tourism agency Meet Minneapolis, Melvin Tennant while addressing to 850 attendees at a three-day conference this week of the U.S Travel Association’s annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organization (ESTO) said Minneapolis tourism in growing industry.
He told that the leisure and hospitality is a growth industry which accounts for about 33,250 jobs in the city, or about 10 percent of employment, and which should reach 40,000 by 2030.
He said that there are about 33 million visitors, who are expending about $7.6 billion spending on hotels, restaurants, shopping and otherwise in the area.By contrast, tourism-heavy Las Vegas drew about 43 million people last year.
Meet Minneapolis, the body for promoting the tourism says the average household income of visitors tops $95,500 and sporting events. Their goal is to attract 50 million visitors by 2030.
Minneapolis welcomed other visitor services people from around the country to the Minneapolis Visitor Information Center on Nicollet Mall and Fifth Street for a session.
There are more than 40,000 players, coaches and related visitors participated in the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships at the Minneapolis Convention Center over a 10-day run in June and July that was single biggest visitor event of the year.
Meet Minneapolis has estimated that USA Volleyball had a $50 million on local economic impact, while this place also attracts the tourists for the big events next year which include The American Legion National Convention with 9,500 attendees, the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship (13,000 attendees) and the National Education Association Annual Meeting of 16,000 attendees.
Minnesota tourism director John Edman, in the same conference said that the state generated about $14.4 billion from tourism in 2015, about $40 million a day, and 260,000 related jobs account for about 11 percent of the state’s private sector employment and $5.1 billion in wages.