Putting a dent in family travel

Besides family time, one of the concerns about starting school before Labor Day is that it would cut into family travel… and ultimately the tourism and hospitality industry. And that’s a big deal in Duluth.

Well, it’s true, according to a University of Minnesota study.

The study by the university’s tourism center looked at the behavior of families in five states. It found that when school starts are moved to before Labor Day, the following happens:

**Family trips of two or more nights drop by 50 percent in August or September.

**Families travel 30 percent less all summer long.

That suggests that some families  are, indeed, foregoing summer trips when the school year starts before Labor Day.

The study collected information about family travel in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and Virginia as they adjusted to changing school start times.