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Michigan reopens traveler Welcome Centers in time for summer tourism

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tours a construction project on U.S. 127, which also includes maintenance...
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tours a construction project on U.S. 127, which also includes maintenance at the Clare Welcome Center.(source: State of Michigan)
Updated: May. 24, 2021 at 2:25 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - Travelers entering Michigan again will have places to stop for information this summer.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is reopening 14 tourist information centers along major freeways and roadways near the state line on Friday in time for Memorial Day weekend. The Michigan Welcome Centers have been closed for about 14 months during the coronavirus pandemic.

MDOT expects high demand for travel and tourism information over Memorial Day weekend, when over 1 million Michiganders are expected to travel. That represents a 57% increase over last year’s limited travel due to the pandemic.

“MDOT Welcome Centers play a key role in highlighting all Michigan has to offer both to in-state and out-of-state travelers,” State Transportation Director Paul Ajegba said. “Our knowledgeable Welcome Center staff have a wealth of Pure Michigan information to help travelers find the destinations, events and activities they’re looking for.”

MDOT and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services continue partnering to offer free COVID-19 testing at the welcome centers on U.S. 23 in Dundee, I-69 in Coldwater, I-94 in New Buffalo and I-75 in Monroe.

“Pure Michigan is ready and eager to welcome back visitors and help drive Michigan’s recovery by promoting safe travel across the state,” said Dave Lorenz, vice president of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. “Our Welcome Centers play a critical role in ensuring a positive ‘first impression’ visitor experience, and the safe reopening of the Welcome Centers is great news for the industry.”

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