Summer travel up again this year

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Travel is up this summer despite a wet spring that led to a lot of flooding across the region.

Explore Minnesota said for the fifth year in a row more people are visiting the state. Those with Travel Iowa say numbers are up from last year as well.

“People are out, they’re moving about. They’re enjoying the beautiful communities that we have in this area in general and Minnesota as a state,” said Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Randy Kehr.

The statewide numbers are being reflected locally. In Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau says lodging is up more than 30 percent from last year at this time.

“They do get out to take advantage of our lakes, but I think they also look to things in the Twin Cities and we’re on the way to the Twin Cities. We’re far enough out that they can relax here, get a good night’s rest before they go up,” Kehr said.

The number of travelers stopping in our area could be on their way up again this weekend. AAA expects Labor Day weekend travel to be at its highest level since the recession.

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