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Minnesota’s Tourism Industry: Adapting to Unpredictable Weather Patterns


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 outdoor enthusiasts from all over the state. But what happens when the snow and ice that make winter activities possible don’t materialize due to warmer weather? 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., is an expert in the field of tourism and conducts applied research on a variety of topics related to travel and tourism, including visitor behaviors, active transportation, and outdoor recreation. Qian can provide valuable insights into how changing weather patterns may affect the state’s tourism industry.

Brigid Tuck, M.S., is another expert in the field of tourism who conducts analyses and writes reports for the Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) program with University of Minnesota Extension. Tuck covers numerous economic sectors in Minnesota, including tourism, and can provide insights into how it may be affected by climate change.

Both experts are available to discuss 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 offer valuable perspectives for journalists and media outlets reporting on this important issue.

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