With so much to see and do downtown, it's really no surprise that Minneapolis saw over 33 million visitors last year. According to Meet Minneapolis' statistics in a recent presentation, that number is a record setter.
A record number, beating the previous record of 32.5 million set in 2016. These visitors have generated an estimated $7.8 billion for the local economy – which works out at a spend of around $234 per visitor.
Even more flattering, is that the study showed that of the 33.3 million who visited the metro, 24.2 million of them were here for pleasure, not business.
Meet Minneapolis has set a target of attracting 50 million annual visitors to the metro by 2030.
It'll be interesting to see the numbers for 2018, there's a chance that the record could be broken again, considering the huge influx of visitors in February for the Super Bowl.