Explore Minnesota Tourism is wrapping up their annual conference in Mankato Wednesday.

Spokesman David Bergman said representatives from all across the state are taking part and, “We   come together, it’s for networking. It’s for education — it really brings people together. Attendees can really learn a lot and we really work closely with the industry in Minnesota to make this happen.”

Bergman explained that tourism is a $15 billion dollar industry in the state with, “A lot of different facets, whether it’s attractions, events, lodging, destination, marketing organizations — it’s a big industry in Minnesota.”

Tourism also employs over 265,000 workers in Minnesota.