Meet the biggest underestimated place in the north. A dramatic riverfront skyline, three professional sports stadiums within 1.3 miles, so much art you’re literally surrounded by it and a theater on almost every corner. A culture committed to perfecting the craft of the brew, the best park system in the nation, and a foodie paradise where you can get Nordic cuisine for breakfast, Ethiopian for lunch and this thing called a “Jucy Lucy” for dinner – and oh yeah, cocktails on a Ferris wheel. A place to bring your dancing shoes and party at festivals all year round, enjoy four gorgeous seasons surrounded by 13 lakes, the Mississippi River and a waterfall, and meet friendly locals who can’t wait to show you why they love living here.
"you've never met a place quite like this"
2018 NCAA Volleyball Tournament
The NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship returned to Minneapolis after 30 years. Target Center hosted the event before nearly sell-out crowds, who turned the town red for the championship match between Nebraska and Stanford. Hotels saw the impact of more than 11,500 out-of-town visitors. The night of the semifinals featuring Stanford, Nebraska, Illinois and Brigham Young University, hotels saw a huge increase in occupancy, up 63% over 2017. The American Coaches Center that same week had the second highest attendance ever with nearly 2,800 attendees.
2019 Impact Series
The Meet Minneapolis 2019 Annual Meeting was all focused around one central theme: Impact Tourism. Their team came to us with a concept to highlight various business in downtown Minneapolis that are directly effected by tourism in the city. We showcased businesses you wouldn't normally think to include: restaurants packed on a Monday night because of a convention; a hotel close to the convention center that is completely booked because a group like the Society of Women Engineers is in town; or the bus company that helps to shuttle visitors around the city and the greater Minneapolis area to give them an even better taste for our city. With more than 30 million visitors coming to the Minneapolis region each year, the livelihoods of over 36,000 hospitality workers are supported. Find out more about these stories with our video series.