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Upper Peninsula tourism officials expect record numbers this summer

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Tourism in the Upper Peninsula is expected to be very good this spring and summer.

The biggest hit to UP tourism came last March through May. But Tom Nemacheck, Executive Director of the Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association, says tourism spiked last summer when the UP posted the lowest COVID numbers in the state.

“We in many cases broke records of visits.”   

Nemacheck says the socially distanced nature of the Upper Peninsula and approval of COVID vaccines means officials are anticipating a boom in the tourism business.

“It’s going to open up fast and it’s just going to keep going right through fall.”