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Market Development

Group Tour

Marketing focuses on travel professionals who conduct tours for leisure groups of 10 or more people and includes trade shows, organizing sales calls, advertising and hosting familiarization (FAM) tours. Promotion is targeted to reach travel trade markets, including tour operators, package travel operators, group travel leaders and group tour media representatives.


For more information contact: Gayle Junnila, (651) 757-1852 or (800) 657-3600.

American Bus Association Marketplace 2020

Every January, ABA welcomes the travel and tourism community to the first conference of the year –Marketplace. More than 3,500 tour operators, suppliers and exhibitors come together to kick off a new year of business opportunity and growth. The Marketplace is the largest annual opportunity to meet with over 800 tour operators. Through an affordable partnership with Explore Minnesota Tourism (EMT), your organization can be a part of the Minnesota presence. Please click this link to sign up for your partnership.

For further information, please contact Millie Philipp, (651) 757-1867 or (800) 657-3600.

International Market

The international target markets (both individual and group travel) for Explore Minnesota include: China, France, Germany/Switzerland, Japan, Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland) and the Netherlands. New nonstop flights into MSP Airport will also direct some of our efforts. Explore Minnesota is a member of Great Lakes USA (targeting China, Germany and the UK) and Mississippi River Country (Japan). We also maintain in-country representation contracts in China. Primary marketing activities include attending trade shows, conferences and sales missions. Consumer advertising is conducted in partnership with Brand USA.

International Visits Still Growing

Explore Minnesota has now received our second report from Tourism Economics with statistics on the number of international visitors and visitor spending. Reports go back to 2007 for comparison, and projections for the future are also included. We receive reports semi-annually.

2008-2023 International Overseas and Total Spending in MN by Country 

2018 International Overseas and Total Spending in MN Top 25 Countries

2017 International Overseas & Total Visits to MN top 25 Countries

2017 International Overseas and Total Spending in MN by Country

2017 International Visitation 


The Brand USA’s FY18 Playbook provides an overview summary of international marketing programs and results from Explore Minnesota Tourism’s partnership with Brand USA during FY18 (10/1/17-9/30/18) and includes links sharing associated creative content.

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