Minnesota’s $22.8 billion tourism industry is a year-round venture, drawing outdoors enthusiasts to every part of the state. However, when warmer weather prevents snow and ice from making winter activities possible, the impact on the industry can be significant.
To discuss the economic impact of tourism in Minnesota and how it may be affected by changing weather patterns, two experts from the University of Minnesota Extension are available to speak. Xinyi Qian, Ph.D., director of the Tourism Center conducts applied research on topics related to travel and tourism, including visitor behaviors, active transportation, and outdoor recreation. Brigid Tuck, M.S., is a senior economic impact analyst who conducts analyses and writes reports for the Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) program covering various economic sectors in Minnesota.
Both experts offer valuable insights into the potential impact of climate change on Minnesota’s tourism industry as well as related topics such as visitor spending, economic ripples through communities, and policy implications. Their expertise can provide journalists and media outlets with valuable perspectives when reporting on this important issue.