Michigan Tourism Expected to Increase Again This Year According to MSU Report

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Great Lakes Radio News UpdateMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)The outlook for tourism in Michigan this year is looking good.

The annual Michigan State University Tourism Outlook, released at a tourism conference yesterday in Detroit, says the state should have three percent more tourists this year, and they’ll spend 5.1 percent more than they did in 2012.

Tourist spending in the Great Lakes State increased about 6 percent in 2012 and should see a similar increase of 5.5 percent in 2013, according to MSU’s Sarah Nicholls and Dan McCole, who presented their findings today at the conference, titled the “Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism.”

The report predicted stronger emerging tourism sectors in our state for food, beverage and nostalgia tourism.

The notable trends for Michigan tourism in 2013 will be food and beverage-based tourism, such as visiting wineries and microbreweries; touring, with travelers visiting multiple spots rather than staying in one place; and nostalgia tourism, with parents and grandparents taking children on vacation to their favorite old places.

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