The tourism industry in Minnesota is a year-round business that attracts outdoor enthusiasts from all over the state. However, when the snow and ice that make winter activities possible don’t materialize due to warmer weather, it can have a significant impact on the industry.
The University of Minnesota Extension’s Xinyi Qian, director of the Tourism Center, and Brigid Tuck, senior economic impact analyst, are experts in the field of tourism and can provide valuable insights into the potential impact of climate change on the state’s tourism industry. Both experts conduct research and analyses on various topics related to travel and tourism.
Xinyi Qian, Ph.D., who is the director of the University of Minnesota Tourism Center, conducts applied research on visitor behaviors, active transportation, and outdoor recreation among others. She can provide insights into how changing weather patterns may affect these areas and how they contribute to the overall economic impact of tourism in Minnesota.
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.
Both experts are available to discuss their perspectives on this important issue and offer insights into 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 critical topic.