Minnesota’s tourism industry, worth $22.8 billion annually, thrives on year-round outdoor activities. However, what happens when the snow and ice that make these activities possible disappear due to warmer weather? To understand the potential impact of climate change on this sector, journalists and media outlets can turn to Xinyi Qian and Brigid Tuck of the University of Minnesota Extension.
As director of the Tourism Center, Qian conducts applied research on various topics related to travel and tourism, including visitor behaviors, active transportation, and outdoor recreation. Meanwhile, Tuck serves as a senior economic impact analyst for the Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) program at University of Minnesota Extension and conducts analyses and writes reports across numerous economic sectors in Minnesota — including tourism. Together, they can provide valuable insights into how changing weather patterns may affect the economic impact of tourism in the state.
Both experts are available to discuss their perspectives on this important issue. Their expertise can offer insights into visitor spending patterns, economic ripples through communities, and policy implications related to climate change and its potential impact on Minnesota’s tourism industry.