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Where do Minnesotans travel abroad?

Posted at 2:44 PM on January 17, 2012 by Paul Tosto

Stories today of Minnesotans aboard the ship wrecked Costa Concordia got us looking for data on where and how Minnesotans travel abroad.

We got some figures from Kathy Gerhardt at Travel Leaders Group, a Plymouth-based company with franchises across the country. representing roughly 30 percent of U.S. travel agencies.

Gerhardt sent us survey data on the top international destinations being booked by Minnesota Travel Leaders for 2012. Agents were asked to name up to five top destinations they've been booking for 2012; 61 owners, managers and agents from across the state responded.

It's not exact, but the chart suggests it's not that uncommon to find Minnesotans on a Mediterranean cruise.

RankTop Int'l Destinations (Minnesota) 
1Cancun, Mexico53%
2CRUISE - Caribbean41%
3Playa del Carmen/Riviera Maya, Mexico39%
4Paris, France25%
5Rome, Italy23%
6Punta Cana, Dominican Republic21%
7CRUISE - Europe (Mediterranean)18%
8Puerto Vallarta, Mexico16%
9Negril, Jamaica15%
10 (tie)Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos, Mexico13%
10 (tie)Florence and/or Tuscany, Italy13%
12 (tie)Barcelona, Spain12%
12 (tie)Montego Bay, Jamaica12%
14 (tie)Ixtapa, Mexico10%
14 (tie)London, England10%

Steve Loucks with Travel Leaders Group said none of the passengers on the Costa Concordia were booked through the organization. While that ship is part of the Carnival Cruise Line family, "Costa has historically drawn passengers primarily from its European base," he said.

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Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.