Minnesota’s $22.8 billion tourism industry is a year-round venture that draws outdoors enthusiasts to every part of the state. However, what happens when the snow and ice that make winter activities possible don’t materialize due to warmer weather? The University of Minnesota Extension’s Xinyi Qian, director of the Tourism Center, and Brigid Tuck, senior economic impact analyst, are available to talk about tourism in Minnesota and what factors help — or hinder — its economic impact.
Xinyi Qian, Ph.D., who is the director of the University of Minnesota Tourism Center, conducts applied research on a variety of topics related to travel and tourism, including visitor behaviors, active transportation, and outdoor recreation, among others. She can provide valuable insights into the potential impact of climate change on the state’s tourism industry and how it may affect visitor spending and economic ripples through communities.
Brigid Tuck, M.S., is a senior economic impact analyst with University of Minnesota Extension who conducts analyses and writes reports for the Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) program, which covers numerous economic sectors in Minnesota — including tourism. She can provide insights into how changing weather patterns may affect the state’s tourism industry and policy implications that could arise from such changes.
Both experts are available to discuss related topics such as visitor spending, economic ripples through communities, and policy implications. Their expertise can offer valuable perspectives for journalists and media outlets reporting on this important issue.