Impact of Winter Weather on Minnesota’s Tourism and Economy

Minnesota’s $22.8 billion 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, are available to discuss the economic impact of tourism in Minnesota and what factors help — or hinder — its success.

Xinyi Qian, Ph.D., is an expert in applied research related to travel and tourism, with a focus on visitor behaviors, active transportation, and outdoor recreation. She has conducted extensive research on these topics and can provide valuable insights into how climate change may affect Minnesota’s tourism industry.

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. She covers numerous economic sectors in Minnesota, including tourism, and can provide valuable insights into the economic impact of this important industry on communities throughout the state.

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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