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After MN tourism revenue is cut in half in 2020, experts expect busy summer

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According to Explore Minnesota, the state entity that tracks tourism, revenue from tourism went from $16 billion in 2019 to just over $8 billion in 2020 but experts expect a big comeback in the local travel business this summer. “We’re back up to numbers ahead of 2019,” General Manager of Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake near Brainerd, Eric Peterson said. “It’s a huge boom for rural areas when tourism does well,” President and CEO of the Center for Rural Policy and Development, Julie Tesch said. Tesch explains, tourism revenue in greater Minnesota communities creates jobs and increases the tax base, creating money for things like schools, roads and affordable housing.