Report: 2019 a Great Year for Golden Valley Hotels
A new report indicates that Golden Valley hotels had an increase in 2019 visitors. The city’s close proximity to The Shops at West End and downtown Minneapolis hot spots make it a perfect place to visit.
“Location certainly is one of our biggest assets,” said Becky Bakken of Discover St. Louis Park, which helps Golden Valley with tourism promotion. “We know that a lot of people are coming here because we are convenient. We have this great highway system here with 394 and Highway 100 and 169. That’s a beautiful thing for us.”
Golden Valley Hotels Provide Relatively Affordable Options
Golden Valley’s two hotels – the Holiday Inn Express and Ramada by Wyndham – are more affordable compared to nearby Minneapolis. Because of the price factor, both saw an uptick in tourism revenue, officials said.
Free parking, nearby bars and restaurants also make these places attractive to tourists.
According to Discover St. Louis Park, visitors to Golden Valley hotels generated more than $6 million in lodging revenues last year.
The agency says lodging is 20 percent of what visitors will spend in a community. That means they likely spent another $25 million on services in Golden Valley. Officials claim that without tourism, many of your favorite businesses and restaurants might not exist.
“These areas are go-to places for a few different types of groups,” Bakken said. “Certainly for meeting planners, corporate groups for sure. It’s an important market for our proximity to the airport, for our proximity to Minneapolis and our proximity to other things. But it’s also a great leisure area. People come here for things to do.”
In the past two years, Golden Valley hotels got a bounce from marquee sporting events such as the Super Bowl and Final Four. Travel experts believe that Golden Valley will have another good year when it comes to lodging in 2020.