Minneapolis Tourism Industry Begins Bouncing Back – WCCO


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — At long last, visitors are once again coming to the Twin Cities and staying the night.

At the start of the pandemic, hotel occupancy dipped below 5% in Minneapolis. It’s now up to 30%.

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By most accounts, this is the ideal time of year to visit Minneapolis. But for a year and a half, those visits have been rare and hotels eerily quiet.

Lisa Schetinski works in sales at the Canopy by Hilton hotel in the Mill District of Minneapolis.

“I don’t think anything could have prepared all of us for this type of situation and how it impacts our industry so significantly,” she said.

Schetinski helps book for the art-filled boutique property with 183 rooms, and for the past year, few guests.

“I’ll try not to get emotional about it but we lost many team members where we just couldn’t support keeping everybody,” Schetinski said. “So I think the many furloughs and things really impacted our industry.”

But at long last, with the return of weddings and Twins crowds, the Minneapolis tourism industry is gaining ground.

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“The weekend occupancies have been growing. We even had a sellout weekend, which was really exciting, and I think that was so promising and just really invigorating for the whole team, to be back doing what we do,” Schetinski said.

As for the huge Convention Center gatherings that bring in tens of thousands…

“We would typically do 33 of those a year,” Mett Minneapolis tourism team president Melvin Tenant said. “This year we will have about 10 since we are in the recovery stage. But 2022 we should actually exceed that 33 number with the way things are looking for us.”

So local industry experts project 2021 will be a slow climb, but in 2022, more and more travelers will finally reach their destination.

Another sign of recovery for the Canopy: they are going to have two larger corporate events in August. And the Convention Center will have its first large scale event, a toy convention.

The biggest challenge now for hotels is to re-hire enough staff to keep up with growing demand.

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Travel tip: If you’re thinking of doing a staycation, hotel rates in general are still at lower rates.



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Pimlico Tip Sheet – July 4


PIMLICO TIPS – SUNDAY, JULY 04, 2021

Historically our BEST BETS have finished in the money 67% of the time at this track.

RACE #1    $16,500 CLAIMING
6 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 12:40 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

7/2

2

Get Lit

J Hiraldo

PLACE

7/2

7

Golden G

A Cruz

SHOW

15-1

5

Quest of Glory

Y O Ortiz

WILD CARD

5/2

4

Zip the Lip

X Perez

ALTERNATE 1

3-1

6

Championship Alley

C E Lopez

ALTERNATE 2

15-1

1

King Shawn

T Lyapustina

* EXACTA: 2-7 BOX, 7-5 BOX, 5-4 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 2/5/7 BOX, 4/5/7 BOX

RACE #2    $25,000 CLAIMING
6 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 1:08 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

2-1

2

Self Awareness

V R Carrasco

PLACE

8-1

3

San Antone

A Cruz

SHOW

6-1

4

Commanding General

K Gomez

WILD CARD

9/5

8

Fugitive

S Russell

ALTERNATE 1

10-1

7

Doobiedoobiedoobie

J Hiraldo

ALTERNATE 2

15-1

6

No Fooling Dude

J Ruiz

* EXACTA: 2-3 BOX, 3-4 BOX, 4-8 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 2/3/4 BOX, 3/4/8 BOX

RACE #3    $39,000 WAIVER MAIDEN CLAIMING
1 MILE ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 1:38 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

3-1

11

Contented Now

V R Carrasco

PLACE

8-1

1

Cosmicality

J Toledo

SHOW

5/2

9

Jackie A

J Pimentel

WILD CARD

5-1

3

Ballyhoo Prince

J D Acosta

ALTERNATE 1

15-1

2

Cup Match

Y O Ortiz

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

10

Heroic Deed

L Corujo

* EXACTA: 11-1 BOX, 1-9 BOX, 9-3 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 1/9/11 BOX, 1/3/9 BOX

RACE #4    $16,500 CLAIMING
5 1/2 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 2:08 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

3-1

2

Sacred Lady

J Hiraldo

PLACE

5/2

6

Sublimity

J D Acosta

SHOW

10-1

7

Glory March

T Lyapustina

WILD CARD

7/2

4

Eight Oaks

A Crispin

ALTERNATE 1

5-1

5

Congress Hall

G Whitacre

ALTERNATE 2

8-1

3

Shaks Hidden Gem

A Cruz

* EXACTA: 2-6 BOX, 6-7 BOX, 7-4 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 2/6/7 BOX, 4/6/7 BOX

RACE #5    $42,500 ALLOWANCE
1 MILE ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 2:39 PM ET

BEST BET:  #3 BUCKEYS CHARM

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

6-1

3

Buckeys Charm

H Karamanos

PLACE

7/2

2

Speed Lane

S Russell

SHOW

5/2

4

Epic Idea

F Lynch

WILD CARD

6-1

7

Brushing

J D Acosta

ALTERNATE 1

10-1

8

Who U Gonna Call

J Hiraldo

ALTERNATE 2

15-1

5

Betcha by Golly

F Boyce

* EXACTA: 3-2 BOX, 2-4 BOX, 4-7 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 2/3/4 BOX, 2/4/7 BOX

RACE #6    $34,500 STARTER OPTIONAL CLAIMING
6 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 3:09 PM ET

BEST BET:  #2 HUFFLEPUFF

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

3-1

2

Hufflepuff

H Karamanos

PLACE

5-1

5

Behind the Couch

J Ruiz

SHOW

12-1

8

Brewster Flats

J Hiraldo

WILD CARD

6-1

6

Lambeau Lady

S Russell

ALTERNATE 1

2-1

1

Tam Char

J Toledo

ALTERNATE 2

15-1

3

Fancy Princess

C E Lopez

* EXACTA: 2-5 BOX, 5-8 BOX, 8-6 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 2/5/8 BOX, 5/6/8 BOX

RACE #7    $75,000 STAKES
5 FURLONGS ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 3:46 PM ET

BEST BET:  #4 HELLO BEAUTIFUL

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

1/2

4

Hello Beautiful

S Russell

PLACE

4-1

12

Spun Glass

J Pimentel

SHOW

8-1

9

Paisley Singing

J D Acosta

WILD CARD

6-1

1

Never Enough Time

J Pimentel

ALTERNATE 1

8/5

8

Introduced

J Toledo

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

10

Carolina Ice

T Lyapustina

* EXACTA: 4-12 BOX, 12-9 BOX, 9-1 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 4/9/12 BOX, 1/9/12 BOX

RACE #8    $100,000 STAKES
6 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 4:17 PM ET

** BONUS COMMENTARY **  $100,000 CONCERN STAKES

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

6/5

1

Mighty Mischief

R Santana Jr.

PLACE

9/2

5

Three Two Zone

A Adorno

SHOW

2-1

6

Roderick

V R Carrasco

WILD CARD

12-1

3

Alwaysinahurry

J Ruiz

ALTERNATE 1

6-1

4

Sibelius

S Russell

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

2

Singlino

C Marquez

* EXACTA: 1,5,6 Box

* TRIFECTA: 1,5,6/1,3,5,6/1,3,5,6

COMMENTS: MIGHTY MISCHIEF is dropping in class off of the top, last race speed figure. THREE TWO ZONE is undefeated in two at the distance. RODERICK is first time gelded and first time Lasix. ALWAYSINAHURRY should be better in his second start after a layoff and second time on Lasix.

RACE #9    $100,000 STAKES
1 1/16 MILES ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 4:48 PM ET

** BONUS COMMENTARY **  $100,000 CAESARS WISH STAKES

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

8-1

1

Gracetown

S Russell

PLACE

5/2

8

Landing Zone

A Cruz

SHOW

3-1

7

Mrs. Orb

H Karamanos

WILD CARD

9/2

2

Trolley Ride

I Beato

ALTERNATE 1

5-1

5

His Glory

J D Acosta

ALTERNATE 2

10-1

4

Sweet Sami D

F Boyce

* EXACTA: 1,7,8 Box

* TRIFECTA: 1,7,8/1,2,7,8/1,2,5,7,8

COMMENTS: GRACETOWN rides the high percentage rail after winning her first race at Pimlico on the rail. LANDING ZONE ran the top, last race speed figure and might do more in her third start after a layoff. MRS. ORB has hit the board in seven of her last eight. TROLLEY RIDE should peak in her third race of a three-race cycle.

RACE #10    $100,000 STAKES
6 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 5:19 PM ET

** BONUS COMMENTARY **  $100,000 LITE THE FUSE STAKES

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

9/5

5

Chateau

0

PLACE

30-1

2

Valued Notion

X Perez

SHOW

7/5

7

Yaupon

R Santana Jr.

WILD CARD

4-1

4

Laki

H Karamanos

ALTERNATE 1

15-1

3

Whiskey and You

0

ALTERNATE 2

10-1

6

Lebda

J D Acosta

* EXACTA: 2,5,7 Box

* TRIFECTA: 2,5,7/2,4,5,7/2,3,4,5,7

COMMENTS: CHATEAU has hit the board in 13 of 16 at the distance. VALUED NOTION is an all or nothing horse coming off his best race in his first Pimlico outing. YAUPON has won four of six but is coming back from a trip to the UAE. Sometimes, horses need one after all that travel. LAKI is dropping to a level thats a better fit.

RACE #11    $25,000 MAIDEN CLAIMING
5 FURLONGS ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 5:50 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

5-1

14

One Most Wanted

H Karamanos

PLACE

3-1

10

Gleaming Sword

J Hiraldo

SHOW

15-1

1

Artista

A Crispin

WILD CARD

5-1

12

Dont Dare Me

S Russell

ALTERNATE 1

9/2

8

Leave Em Loaded

F Boyce

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

5

Divine Proportion

Y O Ortiz

* EXACTA: 14-10 BOX, 10-1 BOX, 1-12 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 1/10/14 BOX, 1/10/12 BOX



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