Despite destructive flooding, Duluth tourism is still open for business

By KBJR News 1

June 27, 2012 Updated Jun 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Despite the torrential rains and destructive flooding on Wednesday morning, tourism officials advise to travelers that Duluth is still open for business.

Hospitality industry representatives in the most popular destination for Minnesotans say there is nothing that will hamper guests from enjoying Duluth.

"Duluth is open right now and the weather should be absolutely gorgeous again this weekend," said Mark Emmel, President and Chief Operating Officer of Lion Hotel Group which owns and operates the Holiday Inn & Suites.

Visit Duluth's President/CEO Terry Mattson said he's spoken with several general managers at area hotels, restaurants and attractions that all say they are fully functioning and never missed a beat.

The Duluth International Airport remained open; flights have been coming and going.