2019 Year In Review

The Duluth Experience Recap

Without a doubt, 2019 has been a fantastic year for The Duluth Experience and for the thousands of guests who joined us along the way. With our 6th year of operations coming to an end, I am proud to say that we’ve met our goals for the year and set new standards for immersive travel experiences in our region.

Just this year, our small team of guides has led over 500 experiences for well over forty-five hundred guests in 2019… far exceeding our expectations and projections. The interest from our local and regional travel community has fueled our passion to create new and updated activities and earn TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for our 5th straight year!

It’s because of our amazing guides that we continue to set the standard for meaningful travel experiences and this year we produced over a dozen videos highlighting our guides and their passion for Duluth. They’re posted on our Youtube Page… you should definitely check them out!

Our partnerships in the community are crucial to our success and we’ve built quite a network. The last time I counted, we were actively engaged with nearly 40 partners in our community – from local breweries and attractions to local artisans and nonprofits… The Duluth Experience has grown into a true collaboration across the Twin Ports.

We expanded our Outreach Program this year in order to grow our contribution to local non-profits in our community. We created a Collaboration Brew Program with our brewery partners and were able to raise over $5,000 for local non-profits providing critical services for at risk youth and expand outdoor recreation opportunities for families in the northland.

Our Annual Spring Cleanup was a sweeping success again in 2019 with over 50 volunteers mobilized to clear nearly 1,800 pounds of trash from our scenic Skyline Parkway.

As you can tell, I’m super proud of what we have accomplished and grateful for the amazing team that has rallied behind our mission to connect people with Duluth in meaningful and memorable ways.

To The Duluth Experience team… thank you. I love the family that we have created here and I’m excited to see it grow.

To all of the guests who have joined us this year, thank you. You see the value in what we are trying to accomplish and you support it. I hope we get to hang out with you again in 2020.

And to all of Duluth – our partners, our friends, and our fans – thank you for your support and continued encouragement. It’s an honor to represent the best parts about this great city that we call home.

I hope that everyone out there had a great year. I’m excited to share with you our plans for next year.

From us at The Duluth Experience, have a safe and happy new year. We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

Thanks for being a part of The Duluth Experience in 2019! Check out our updated tour calendar and join us for some fun in 2020!

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Eleni Otto January 5, 2020

This is really nicely done, thanks for sharing! Wish we were there! – Eleni and Greg

Dave Grandmaison – President, CEO, Duluth Native and Guide January 10, 2020

Thank you so much Eleni! We appreciate your continued encouragement and support.