With Tourism Rising, Travel Bloggers Flock To Minnesota


GOING STRONG AT FORT SNELLING. GOOD EVENING, MINNESOTA MAY BE A BIT MORE CROWDED THIS SUMMER. TOURISM IS ON THE UPSWING WITH HOTEL AND LODGING OCCUPANCY EXPECTED TO CLIMB 42% FROM LAST YEAR, THE LAKES, FOOD AND NIGHTLIFE, TRAVELERS FROM ALL OVER CAME TO THE MALL OF AMERICA TODAY, BUT IT’S WHAT MINNESOTA PEOPLE ALREADY KNOW. THERE’S A LOT OF THINGS TO EXPERIENCE ALL OVER MINNESOTA. Reporter: THAT’S WHY THIS PACKED ROOM OF TRAVEL EXPERTS ARE PACKED AT MOA PIERCE SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS WITH HEAVY FOLLOWINGS OLIVER TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM. WE WANT THEM TO GET OUT THERE AND TALK ABOUT HOW GREAT OF A TIME THEY HAD IN MINNESOTA. Reporter: THIS LA-BASED BLOGGER AND HIS WIFE HAVE BECOME ACCIDENTAL MINNESOTA REGULARS. THE FIRST TIME WHEN THEY SAID DO YOU WANT TO GO TO MINNESOTA? I SAID, NOT REALLY. THEN WHEN THEY ASKED IF I WANT TO GO IN JANUARY I SAID NOT A CHANCE. BUT I LOVE IT. Reporter: JOHNNY JET AS HE HAS KNOWN HAS WRITTEN ARTICLE AFTER ARTICLE. IT’S AN EASY FLIGHT NO MATTER WHERE YOU COME FROM IN AMERICA. Reporter: LOW FARES ARE PART OF THE REASON WHY A BOOM IS EXPECTED. WE THINK THAT PEOPLE FROM THE DALLAS-FORT WORTH AREA WANT TO GET OUT OF THE REGION TO BE — BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT. Reporter: GOLF WILL BE A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL POLL, THANKS TO THE RYDER CUP IN SEPTEMBER. A CHANCE FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE A SWING AT MINNESOTA BECAUSE

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