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Michigan tourism destinations expecting "outstanding" summer

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AAA Michigan predicts more than a million Michiganders will be traveling during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Many will be heading up north.

Mike Kent is with Traverse City Tourism. He’s expecting an “outstanding” weekend after a year of uncertainty because of COVID-19.

He says last year wasn’t a bad year for tourism. But Kent says the region took a big hit in lost business meetings.

“Business was down roughly around 25% to 30% last year, compared to 2019,” says Kent.

Like in other parts of the state, Kent says businesses in Traverse City are struggling to find enough workers for the summer season.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.