Duluth Tourism: Still Strong

Posted at: 05/07/2013 5:36 PM | Updated at: 05/07/2013 6:15 PM

It's National Travel and Tourism Week, and tourism industry leaders in Duluth pulled together on Tuesday.

They attended the annual Visit Duluth membership meeting and luncheon.

Karen Pionk, general manager at the Sheraton Hotel and Visit Duluth Board Chair, said they're already looking at strong numbers for 2013. "Curiosity may have brought people here in April, with all of the snow we had."

And they're coming off a record setting 2012, despite the flooding. The industry worked hard, even creating an ad campaign, to keep people coming here after the waters receded.

We met up with newlyweds down in Canal Park, who remarked they love the sights of the lake.

"He promised me a great day in Duluth. We're going to go shopping, and have a nice lunch and a good dinner. It's a beautiful day," said Patti Czekanski, from the Rochester area.

Fred Czekanski lived on Park Point in the 70's. "It's change a lot down here since then, and it's a much nicer place to bring my bride."

Visit Duluth said there are many opportunities for strong tourism numbers for the rest of the year, with the upcoming Tall Ships Festival in July and the new balloon festival too.


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