Anna Tanski is president/CEO of Visit Duluth and lives in Hermantown with her husband, Jason. She has two children, Allison and Steven. She’s a native of the Twin Ports, born and raised in Superior, hence a Green Bay Packer fan to the core.
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During the first full week in May, Duluth joined communities nationwide in celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week to create awareness of travel’s impact. Many are familiar with the positive effects of travel on our work performance, relationships and well-being. However, it’s travel’s economic power that deserves the spotlight.
Last week I joined more than 325 colleagues from 42 states as we converged on Washington D.C. for the U.S. Travel Association's Destination Capitol Hill. Picture the national version of Duluth & St. Louis County Days, which was scheduled the over the same dates. Fortunately, Visit Duluth could divide our talented team and participate in both of these important initiatives.
Every football season I cheer my beloved Packers toward the Super Bowl, which unfortunately turned into super heartbreak this year. With Super Bowl LII (52) coming to US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in 2018, there's a lot more to cheer about, regardless of which teams are vying for the Lombardi trophy.
While recovering from foot surgery last fall I gained a deeper appreciation for the passenger seat, thanks to the kindness of co-workers, colleagues and family who shuttled me between doctor appointments, business meetings and running errands. It's humbling to impose on others while trying to spread the burden of "Driving Miss Daisy" from point A to point B.
Our family budgets for a "flying" vacation to a warm-weather climate every other year and we're looking forward to our getaway this March. Of course, I love serving as the trip planner, which includes researching activities and attractions, reserving accommodations and booking flights.
Research plays a key role in our data-driven society and can serve as a valuable tool when it comes to developing marketing strategies and budget allocations. Two years ago Visit Duluth paid for an abbreviated profile, then committed to a comprehensive study for the first time in nearly a decade, to be conducted by Longwoods International, one of the leading tourism research firms in the country. We were fortunate to piggyback on statewide research commissioned by Explore Minnesota, the state tourism office, and include the Duluth market as an individual sector.
In our household, tourism and community safety go hand in hand. Literally. For 20 years my husband, Jason has proudly served on the Duluth Police Department as patrol officer, investigator in the Special Investigations Unit (drug unit) and currently as a patrol sergeant. His job provides keen perspectives into the ongoing issues regarding public safety in Duluth.
Autumn is a glorious season in the Northland. Crisp mornings give way to warm, sun-filled afternoons that settle into the nip of cool nights. Vibrant foliage splashes hues of gold, orange and red, creating a spectacular landscape that rivals any masterpiece. Another sign the seasons have transitioned is the influx of students arriving to attend one of our region's higher education institutions. Throngs pour in by the thousands.
Professionally speaking, Aug. 19, 1991, literally marked the first day of the rest of my life. Nerves and butterflies abounded as I reported to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center as the newly hired convention sales manager. Following brief coworker introductions, my boss handed over a shiny set of keys, printed floor plan and instructions to walk around and familiarize myself with the facility. The sheer size of the complex was a bit daunting, but I set out on a self-guided tour, knowing I'd eventually find my way back to the office.
As a little girl growing up in Superior, the fabulous Fourth of July parade was always the highlight of my holiday. Waving flags with my sisters while sitting on the curb, anxious to catch loads of candy, then a trip to A&W for a frothy root beer float. In upper elementary and junior high years, I joined fellow 4-Hers as we saddled up our horses, donned matching red, white and blue western shirts and performed drill team exercises we'd practiced since school let out for summer vacation. Riding high on my mild-mannered Arabian, Duke, every single year.