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Selling Duluth to Europeans

Duluth representatives head to hiking and biking expos in Amsterdam and Antwerp.

By: Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune | January 21, 2015

Tour company the Duluth Experience and Visit Duluth, the city's convention and visitor's bureau, are teaming up to introduce Duluth at biking and hiking expos in Amsterdam and Antwerp.

The two-year-old tour company has given Twin Citians, Iron Rangers and Canadians a deeper appreciation of Duluth with its history tours of the port city, mountain and road bike tours, kayak experiences in Lake Superior and brewery tours. Most of its customers come from the region, and some are from Duluth itself. By exhibiting at the two expos, they hope to bring in another crowd: adventure-seeking Europeans.

The two expos are expected to draw a combined 35,000 people.

"We're looking forward to showing off Duluth on an international stage," said Dave Grandmaison, of Duluth Experience.

Grandmaison's company is creating a new tour to entice Europeans interested in biking and visiting our unique patch of the United States. Called the "7-day Lake Superior Bicycle Adventure Package," it includes a cycling trip along the North Shore from Duluth to Grand Marais, stays in cabins and a tour of Castle Danger Brewery in Two Harbors.

Minnesotans are welcome, too. More info