Members of the tourism industry are lobbying legislative leaders to help them rebuild the industry. Rachel Thompson Public Policy Chair for the Minnesota Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau says one of their main priorities is making sure the post-Labor Day school start remains:

“Making sure that those families have the ability to get out and travel as many weeks of the summer as they can before that school starts is very important for not only the tourism but the hospitality industry as well.”

Thompson says moving the start of the school year before Labor Day weekend would impact the tourism industry, which is still recovering from the losses brought on by the COVID pandemic. She says other key priorities this session include preserving the lodging tax and advocating for more tourism funding.