• Media Coverage of X Games in Minneapolis Boosts Tourism

     
    POSTED July 25, 2017
     

On July 13-16, U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis hosted the X Games for the first year of a two-year hosting. The X Games are expected to bring 100,000 people to Minneapolis and the Mall of America over the weekend, which will give national and international media exposure; as well as the 8,300 hospitality and tourism jobs that the X Games will bring to the city.

18.5 hours of coverage aired on multiple platforms, including television in 210 countries and territories, with live coverage in Latin America, Middle East, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Africa, Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Spain, Sweden and France. Other coverage included the ESPN app, ESPN3, XGames.com, the X Games app, and X Games social media pages. Samsung VR service also broadcasted the X Games in virtual reality. On July 22, ABC will air 4 hours of anthology programming as a part of the World of X Games Series.

“After 18 months of planning and building excitement, we’re thrilled to finally welcome X Games athletes, staff and fans to Minneapolis,” says Melvin Tennant, president and CEO, Meet Minneapolis. “Working with the X Games team from ESPN could not have been a better experience, and we hope that the event’s success this week will encourage them to consider returning beyond 2018 to Minneapolis."

Beginning in August, Viking River Cruises will debut voyages on the upper and lower Mississippi River between St. Paul and News Orleans, with a stop in Red Wing on day two. The new Viking Mississippi holds up to 386 guests in 193 staterooms and docks and departs from Lower Landing in St. Paul. 

 

D’Amico Catering has returned to Walker Art Center as the exclusive culinary and planning service for all private events taking place at the museum. The Minneapolis-based catering company managed the Walker Art Center’s special events and food service from 2011-2016. 

 

In early March, Meeting Professionals International released a statement regarding the invasion of Ukraine: 

“In a show of support for the people of Ukraine, MPI will immediately suspend business with all companies in Russia. In addition, any plans to formalize a chapter in Russia will be paused….We remain concerned for the well-being of our community and our MPI members in Russia and Ukraine who were already seeking to climb out of the shadow of this pandemic and are now experiencing these unprecedented challenges.”