MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Some hospitality businesses surveyed by the state’s tourism agency say they expect to rebound to pre-pandemic levels by the end of this year, which is an improvement over the outlook at the end of the last year.
Explore Minnesota in a recent report found six in 10 tourism and hospitality businesses had already met pre-pandemic business levels or expected business to return to pre-pandemic levels before the end of 2021.
An earlier survey found businesses were less optimistic. In December last year, one-third of respondents said they could remain solvent for more than three months under the current operating restrictions of the time.
Five months later on the unofficial start to summer, all remaining pandemic requirements—including masking, distancing and capacity limits—have lifted, and the industry is ready to embrace recovery.
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