Posted April 12, 2019 09:18:20The state of Michigan has been touting itself as a “home of innovation” in a bid to woo travelers from around the world.
This year, however, its tourism budget is being put under strain due to a series of natural disasters that have killed at least four people and damaged more than a dozen others.
Michigan’s tourism budget has been under the microscope due to the deaths of four people at the hands of Hurricane Matthew in April and an earthquake that hit the state’s main city of Grand Rapids on May 6.
As of April 11, Michigan’s economy was worth an estimated $13.2 billion, according to a recent analysis from the University of Michigan.
But the state faces a serious economic challenge this year due to natural disasters, including the recent devastating wildfires that have ravaged the state.
The worst-hit areas include the Grand River, which supplies water to parts of the state, as well as the eastern and western counties of the Upper Peninsula.
Michigan has struggled to meet a growing demand for tourists due to its reputation for cleanliness and safety.
Tourism accounts for about half of the $5.3 billion in economic activity in the state in 2020, according the Michigan Tourism Development Authority.
Tourism in Michigan is estimated to have generated about $1.6 billion for the state over the past five years, which is more than double the $1 billion that the state generated in fiscal year 2019, according a recent report by the Michigan Department of Economic Opportunity.
To fill the gap, the state recently announced an ambitious plan to attract more visitors from around its region, which has been hit hard by the economic downturn.
A number of factors have contributed to the shortage, including a lack of skilled workers and other resources, which have pushed up the cost of renting and hiring.
Michigan will be offering a variety of incentives to attract visitors, including incentives to bring back jobs, as the state will pay for the cost, said Scott Smith, director of the Michigan Office of Tourism Development.
The state has set up a “Tourism Summit” in Ann Arbor, where people can sign up to volunteer at various sites around the state and share their experiences of living and working in Michigan.
It also plans to hold a special event to celebrate the state being home to such an innovative economy.
“Michigan is a great place to be,” said Steve Ziegler, an Ann Arbor resident and owner of the Zieglers Craft Supply in Annapolis.
“But it also has a lot of challenges.”
Ziegler says he hopes to see more of the same in 2020.
“It’s a good time for tourism in Michigan, but I hope we can stay on track to meet the challenges of the economy,” he said.