Minnesota’s tourism industry is a year-round venture that draws outdoor 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, can provide valuable insights into the potential impact of climate change on the state’s tourism industry. Both experts are available to discuss their research and provide information on visitor behaviors, active transportation, and outdoor recreation.
Xinyi Qian conducts applied research on a variety of topics related to travel and tourism, including visitor behaviors and outdoor recreation. Meanwhile, Brigid Tuck conducts analyses and writes reports for the Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) program, which covers numerous economic sectors in Minnesota – including tourism. Tuck can provide valuable insights into the economic impact of tourism in the state and how it may be affected by changing weather patterns.
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.