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U.P. inn owner promoting tourism

September 27, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE , Houghton Daily Mining Gazette

LAURIUM - A Copper Country business owner is now one of the people helping to promote the state.

Julie Sprenger, co-owner and president of the Laurium Manor Inn, recently attended her inaugural meeting as a member of the Michigan Travel Commission in Alpena. Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Sprenger to the post in August.

"I'm thrilled," she said. "It is such an honor, and I love what is going on with the Travel Michigan, Pure Michigan campaign."

As a member of the MTC, Sprenger will work with a variety of associations, nonprofit corporations and organizations to develop, promote and enhance Michigan's travel and tourism industries.

Sprenger has owned the Laurium Manor Inn since 1989, helping turn a formerly decrepit early-1900s mansion into one of the top bed-and-breakfasts and tourist attractions in the Upper Peninsula. She has also spent 15 years in the Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association, of which she is a past president.

"I have experience at the local level, regional level and now to be involved at the state level is just a wonderful experience," Sprenger said. "And hopefully I can bring a lot of information back to this area and also the U.P., and also contribute on the statewide level bringing information to them."

Sprenger said her goals are to contribute to the travel industry, get to know and promote the industry, and then help regional and local tourism.

The MTC meets four or five times a year at locations throughout the state. Sprenger will serve a four-year term.

"I really like the fact that the meetings are rotated throughout the state so you get to know each area's travel product," she said.



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