The tourism industry in Minnesota is a major contributor to the state’s economy, with an estimated $22.8 billion in revenue annually. However, the industry is not without its challenges, especially when it comes to weather patterns. With warmer temperatures leading to less snow and ice, outdoor activities that draw visitors during winter months may become limited or unavailable.
To discuss this issue and provide insights into the potential impact of climate change on Minnesota’s tourism industry, we spoke with Xinyi Qian, Ph.D., director of the University of Minnesota Tourism Center, and Brigid Tuck, M.S., senior economic impact analyst with University of Minnesota Extension. Both experts are well-versed in the field of tourism and can provide valuable perspectives on related topics such as visitor spending, economic ripples through communities, and policy implications.
Qian conducts applied research on a variety of topics related to travel and tourism, including visitor behaviors, active transportation, and outdoor recreation. She has also studied the impacts of climate change on these topics and can offer insights into how changing weather patterns may affect Minnesota’s tourism industry in the future.
Tuck conducts analyses and writes reports for the Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) program at University of Minnesota Extension, which covers numerous economic sectors in the state – including tourism. Her expertise allows her to provide valuable insights into the economic impact of tourism in Minnesota and how it may be affected by changing weather patterns.
Both experts are available to discuss their findings and offer valuable perspectives for journalists and media outlets reporting on this important issue. Their knowledge can help shed light on how climate change may impact Minnesota’s tourism industry in the years to come.