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Minnesota’s Tourism Industry Faces Challenges in the Age of Climate Change: Expert Insights from University of Minnesota Researchers


Feb 12, 2024
Impact of Winter Weather on Minnesota’s Tourism and Economy

Minnesota’s $22.8 billion tourism industry is a year-round venture that attracts outdoors enthusiasts to every part of the state. However, when the snow and ice that make winter activities possible don’t materialize due to warmer weather, the industry faces challenges.

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. She is available to discuss the potential impact of climate change on Minnesota’s tourism industry and provide insights into related topics such as visitor spending, economic ripples through communities, and policy implications.

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 valuable insights into the economic impact of tourism in the state and how it may be affected by changing weather patterns.

Together, Qian and Tuck are experts in the field of tourism and can offer valuable perspectives for journalists and media outlets reporting on this important issue.

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