Climate Change and the Economic Impact of Minnesota’s Tourism Industry: Insights from Xinyi Qian and Brigid Tuck

Impact of Winter Weather on Minnesota’s Tourism and Economy

Minnesota’s $22.8 billion tourism industry is a year-round venture that draws outdoors 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 talk about tourism in Minnesota and what factors help — or hinder — its economic impact. Qian and Tuck 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.

Xinyi Qian, Ph.D., who is the director of the University of Minnesota Tourism Center, conducts applied research on a variety of topics related to travel and tourism, including visitor behaviors, active transportation, and outdoor recreation, among others. Qian can discuss how climate change might affect these areas of research and how it could impact visitors’ experiences.

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. Tuck can provide insights into how changing weather patterns might affect the economic impact of tourism in the state and offer policy recommendations for addressing these issues.

Both experts are available to discuss their perspectives on this important issue and share their expertise with journalists and media outlets covering it.

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