Broadcasting in our monthly PBS television program, The Catch is a Great Lakes Now series that brings you more news about the lakes you love. Go beyond the headlines with reporters from around the region who cover the lakes and drinking water issues. Find all the work HERE.
This month, The Catch features a story about cruising the Great Lakes.
Dan Kraker of Minnesota Public Radio is diving into a growing part of the Great Lakes tourism industry. While the cruise industry isn’t new to the Great Lakes, it’s been modest up until this year. Estimates indicate nearly 20,000 people will cruise the Great Lakes this year on more than 100 cruises.
The 25 percent growth in the number of passengers since 2019 is a big jump
“This past summer was a record-setting year for cruise ships in the Great Lakes, and that’s meant a lot more tourists coming to the region,” Kraker said “It’s also meant economic development for cities in the region.”
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Featured image: While the cruise industry isn’t new to the Great Lakes, it’s been modest up until this year. Estimates indicate nearly 20,000 people will cruise the Great Lakes in 2022 on more than 100 cruises. (Photo Credit: Derek Montgomery)