Sunny Outlook For Michigan Summer Tourism

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With the Memorial Day weekend marking the official kick-off of summer for many, the state is gearing up for another successful tourism season.

More people are expected to vacation in Michigan this year, according to Travel Michigan, and while that might slow you down as you try to get to your destination, it's definitely a boost for the state's tourism industry.

"We would encourage people to definitely stay inside the state lines this holiday weekend," said George Zimmermann, Travel Michigan vice president. "We've seen the first four months of this year and we're up again and that's over 2012 which was a great year."

Zimmermann said they're predicting about a six percent increase in visitor spending this year and hotel rates across the state are already increasing due to higher demand.

"For folks here in Michigan, within an hour or two hours you've got millions of potential things you could do," Zimmermann said.

As for this weekend, AAA is reporting they expect about 1.1 million Michiganders to hit the roads, despite gas prices being about 20 cents higher than they were last year.

"Normally you tend to see a decrease with people traveling because of the higher gas prices," said Ryan Johnson, AAA field sales manager.

"But we're not seeing that which is actually kind of encouraging to have it stay on par."

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