Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., will convene a tourism forum at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter. The forum is designed to look at the challenges and opportunities of the travel and tourism industry in today's economy.
The first-term senator noted tourism is the fifth-largest industry in Minnesota, generating $11 billion in annual sales and providing nearly 11 percent of the state's total private sector employment.
Panelists at the Brainerd session will be John Edman, director of Explore Minnesota; Tom Kavanaugh, chair of the Brainerd Lakes Tourism Advisory Committee; Lisa Paxton, chief executive officer of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber; Ingrid Schneider, director of the University of Minnesota Tourism Center; and David Siegel, chief staff executive of Hospitality Minnesota.
Klobuchar is chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation and Export Promotion.
Klobuchar will conduct a tourism forum earlier in the day in Duluth.
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