Minnesota’s $22.8 billion tourism industry is a year-round endeavor that draws outdoor enthusiasts to every part of the state. But 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 Center for Tourism, and Brigid Tuck, senior economic impact analyst, are available to discuss tourism in Minnesota and what factors help – or hinder – its economic impact.
Xinii Qian, Ph.D., who is the director of the University of Minnesota Tourism Center, conducts applied research on a variety of travel and tourism topics, including visitor behavior, active transportation, and outdoor recreation. She can provide valuable insight into how climate change may affect Minnesota’s tourism industry and its visitors.
Brigid Tuck, MS, is a senior economic impact analyst at the University of Minnesota Extension who conducts analysis and writes reports for the Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) program, which covers a number of economic sectors in Minnesota — including tourism. She can provide valuable insight into the economic impact of tourism in the state and how it can be affected by changing weather conditions.
Both experts are available to discuss the potential impact of climate change on Minnesota’s tourism industry, as well as provide insight on related topics such as visitor spending, economic ripples through communities and policy implications. Their expertise can offer valuable perspectives for journalists and media outlets covering this important issue.