For First Time, Comprehensive Minnesota Statewide Lodging Guide Available

New Resource Includes All Resorts, B&Bs, Motels and Hotels

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ — Minnesota, a state with virtually as many lodging options as lakes, now has a single guide that lists virtually every one of roughly 2,000 properties.

The Minnesota Lodging Guide is now available at no charge from the Minnesota Association of Innkeepers (MAI) in partnership with Explore Minnesota Tourism, the state’s tourism office. The guide lists every Minnesota resort, bed and breakfast, hotel, motel and inn as of late 2004, according to Explore Minnesota Tourism.

The guide is printed in a convenient size that fits in a glove compartment and also includes maps of the state and other valuable information for travelers.

“Minnesota is known for its wide range of lodging options, but until now there has been no single printed directory that lists the wide range of options,” says Marianna Khauv, president of MAI and owner/operator of the Best Western Silver Fox Inn, Monticello.

In fact, travelers previously had to turn to four separate guides to get a good cross section of the state’s offerings. And even with all four guides in hand, travelers only had access to members of the individual associations.

“We made the decision to list all lodging properties following numerous requests from both customers and members of our association,” says Dennis Breamer, executive director of MAI. “This decision quadrupled the number of listings in the guide.”

The guide is stocked at travel information centers throughout the state, as well as at the Explore Minnesota Store in the Mall of America and at some 500 MAI member properties across the state.

The guide also may be obtained from MAI by calling (800) 568-5739 or from Explore Minnesota by calling (888)-TOURISM and requesting The Minnesota Lodging Guide. Requests also may be made by visiting http://www.mnlodging.com/ .

The Minnesota Association of Innkeepers is the only statewide lodging association whose members include owners of resorts, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and inns.

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