Coronavirus a $5 billion hit to Minnesota tourism industry
September 4, 2020
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.