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Coronavirus a $5 billion hit to Minnesota tourism industry


September 4, 2020

The Preserve at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, Minn. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism industry has seen a downturn in 2020, although some resorts in Greater Minnesota like Grand Vew have reported a strong summer season. Photo by Peter Wong via Forum News Service

ST. PAUL -- After four decades at Grand View Lodge, Mark Ronnei usually knows what to expect every summer at the popular Nisswa, Minn., resort. But this isn't a normal summer.

"The day before Memorial Day, I didn't know if I was going to have a terrible summer or a non-existent summer," said Ronnei, Grand View's managing director.

When it came to summer travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, resorts and campgrounds in Greater Minnesota were among the bright spots, according to Explore Minnesota, the state's tourism promotion office. On the flip side, the pandemic-related travel downturn has cost Minnesota roughly $5 billion in travel spending losses from mid-March through August, according to industry research by Tourism Economics.


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